WiFi 6 chip powers wireless connectivity

22nd February 2019
Alex Lynn

Enabling a WiFi 6 phone, Broadcom announced that the BCM4375 chip for the Samsung Galaxy S10. Based on the 802.11ax standard, the sixth generation of WiFi, BCM4375 offers a swift, seamless and secure wireless experience for consumers. In addition to WiFi 6, the BCM4375 incorporates the latest Bluetooth 5 innovations leading to an optimised connectivity experience for Galaxy S10 users.

WiFi 6 enables better performance in crowded environments through improved utilisation of available bandwidth using multi-user techniques. WiFi 6 supports advanced roaming capabilities and includes WPA3 for increased security. This new iteration of WiFi technology is designed for internet upload, making social media live-streaming and cloud storage more convenient and secure. These innovations mean that BCM4375 enables steady, high-speed WiFi with unprecedented quality of service wherever consumers want it: homes, offices and high-traffic public venues such as stadiums, arenas and convention centres.

Broadcom BCM4375 and Samsung Galaxy S10 will benefit from the full ecosystem of WiFi 6 products, including home routers, residential gateways and enterprise access points. For the first time on a mobile device, consumers will see an icon notifying them when they are connected to the latest of access points supporting WiFi 6.

Broadcom BCM4375 also supports the most-advanced Bluetooth 5 feature set. This includes Bluetooth Low-Energy features that extend range and increase throughput and enable a broad IoT ecosystem.

“Celebrating ten years of innovations, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is for those who need a device engineered for performance. This premium smartphone brings the best of communication technologies to the consumer. We are happy to introduce WiFi 6 as one of its marquee features in collaboration with Broadcom,” said Junehee Lee, SVP and Head of Technology Strategy Team, IT and Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“We are honoured to have collaborated with Samsung to enable the world’s first WiFi 6 phone,” said Vijay Nagarajan, Vice President of Marketing for the Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. “We strive to bring market-leading connectivity technologies to flagship phones. BCM4375 delivers the most advanced WiFi and Bluetooth technologies yet for consumers and enterprises to have a truly wireless experience.”

Phil Solis, research director at IDC, added: “The first smartphone with WiFi 6 has been announced making this a landmark event for WiFi. The inclusion of Broadcom’s new WiFi 6 / Bluetooth 5 combo chip in a popular, high-volume, flagship smartphone with a WiFi 6 indicator will add to the already increasing focus on high quality WiFi that is leading consumers to seek latest WiFi standards in high performance access points.”

Edgar Figueroa, President and CEO of WiFi Alliance, commented: “WiFi 6 brings next generation connectivity to WiFi devices. The steady proliferation of WiFi 6 ecosystem in 2019 will allow WiFi users to experience higher data rates, increased capacity, and greater performance in environments with many connected devices. New user interface icons will now also enable consumers to clearly identify a WiFi 6 network connection and better understand the experience they can expect from their mobile device.”

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