5G WiFi SoCs enable HD-quality streaming

7th January 2014
Nat Bowers

Enabling streaming of HD-quality content, online gaming and other high-bandwidth applications, Broadcom introduce the BCM43569 and BCM43602 5G WiFi SoCs for connected home devices. Broadcom claim that the BM43569 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 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals simultaneously.

A 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac SoC solution, the BCM43602 enables routers, gateways and set-top boxes (which rely heavily on the platform's host CPU processing power to deliver HD content over 5G WiFi to multiple devices in the home) to offload Wi-Fi processing from the host processor to deliver the benefits of 5G WiFi to the consumer. Both SoCs deliver the speed, power and range requirements needed around the home to support consumer demand for content anywhere and anytime. They also both support beamforming to ensure whole-home wireless coverage.

With consumer demand for content streaming increasing, video content is streamed to multiple devices in the home using various applications and content delivery services. Legacy technologies can limit the ability to support the evolving bandwidth and Quality of Service needed for the intensive connected home lifestyle. Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled devices (including remotes, speakers and game controllers) can cause interference when playing an online game or streaming a movie from a tablet to a smart TV.

Rahul Patel, Vice President, Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos, Broadcom, commented: "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. 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."

Both the BCM43569 and BCM43602 are available now for sampling.

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