Monday, January 6, 2014

Broadcom Intros 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac Chip

Broadcom introduced two Wi-Fi system-on-a-chips (SoCs) for streaming HD-quality content, online gaming and other high-bandwidth applications in the home.

  • The BCM43569 is a dual-band 2x2 MIMO combo chip (5G WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1) with a USB 3.0 interface and advanced coexistence technology that enables smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals simultaneously. The solution uses a separate Bluetooth low-noise amplifier (LNA) coupled with customized Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence algorithms allow Bluetooth gaming, audio and motion peripherals to perform in challenging environments. Broadcom Media Stack (BMS) enables connectivity software features like TVSelect, audio over Wi-Fi, seamless gaming and Miracast for a rich DTV experience
  • The BCM43602 is a 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac SoC solution that enables these platforms to offload Wi-Fi processing from the host processor. The solution boasts the ability to achieve full 802.11ac (900 Mbps TCP) throughput on CPU constrained systems.  The entire WLAN driver runs inside of the BCM43602, freeing up host CPU for applications such as video streaming. It is pin-compatible, drop in and full feature replacement to Broadcom's industry leading BCM4360, in production across multiple retail and service provider customers.

"As the first company to deliver 5G WiFi across all product segments, Broadcom continues to lead innovation and engineer even more powerful next-generation 5G WiFi products that support today's content-hungry consumer," said Rahul Patel, Vice President, Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos. "Our new advanced solutions bring consumers an elevated video streaming experience across the wirelessly connected home and provide OEMs with the benefits of improved system cost and form factor."