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Broadcom rolls 5G WiFi SoCs for connected home devices

Posted: 08 Jan 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Broadcom Corp. has announced its 5G WiFi SoCs aimed at connected home devices. According to the firm, the BCM43569 and BCM43602 allow OEMs to deliver the speed, range and bandwidth requirements for streaming HD-quality content, online gaming and other high-bandwidth applications in the home.

Consumers are streaming video content to multiple devices in the home using various applications and content delivery services. Legacy technologies limit the ability to support the evolving bandwidth and Quality of Service (QoS) needed for the intensive connected home lifestyle. For example, using Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled devices such as remotes, speakers and game controllers can reduce available WiFi bandwidth and cause interference when playing an online game or streaming a movie from a tablet to a smart TV. The company said the BCM43569 is the industry's first dual-band 2x2 MIMO combo chip with a USB 3.0 interface and advanced coexistence technology that enables superior performance by allowing smart TVs to receive both WiFi and Bluetooth signals simultaneously.

Routers, gateways and set-top boxes rely heavily on the platform's host CPU processing power to deliver HD content over 5G WiFi to multiple devices in the home. Broadcom's BCM43602, a 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac SoC solution, enables these platforms to offload WiFi processing from the host processor to deliver the benefits of 5G WiFi to the consumer. Combined, the chips promise to deliver the speed, power and range requirements needed around the home to support consumer demand for content anywhere and anytime. Beamforming is also supported on both chips to ensure whole-home wireless coverage.

The BCM43569 and BCM43602 are now sampling.

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