Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Broadcom Adds Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi Processor

Broadcom introduced a new Wi-Fi Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) processor that extends its Intensi-fi family of draft-802.11n solutions. The device is currently being used in the latest products from Linksys and Buffalo.

The company said that although current generations of 802.11n products deliver 4 times the throughput of 802.11g, performance is actually bottlenecked by the Fast Ethernet switch and network processor. By integrating a GbE controller and increasing the processor's clock speed to 300 MHz, Broadcom's latest offering eliminates those bottlenecks, allowing the system to achieve the theoretical maximum wireless 802.11n performance, nearly 8 times that of 802.11g.