Monday, April 21, 2008

Broadcom offers Enterprise WLAN Chipset Solution

Broadcom expanded its network switching portfolio with an end-to-end solution for enterprise 802.11n Wi-Fi networks. The new solution combines Broadcom's Intensi-fi silicon with its FASTPATH networking software, which extends the business-critical features from the company's popular StrataXGS enterprise switches.

The new product set includes the Broadcom BCM4342 single-chip 802.11n solution and BCM954342EAP enterprise access point reference design. Enterprise features include robust security, QoS, dynamic channel planning, and support for multiple basic service set identifiers (BSSIDs). The design can be used for standalone access points, as well as for "thin" access points that are managed by a wireless switch or controller running Broadcom's FASTPATH Unified Wireless Switching software.

Broadcom said its end-to-end platform provides centralized RF management, seamless mobility and wireless threat detection and prevention across the entire network. FASTPATH UAP eliminates the need for third-party software or in-house development, which can shave months off a manufacturer's development time.

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