Broadcom 5G WiFi combo chip selected for 4K smart TV

30th May 2014
Nat Bowers

Broadcom has revealed that Xiaomi has selected the company's 2X2 MIMO 5G WiFi combo chip for the smart 4K Mi TV2. Broadcom's BCM43569 5G WiFi  (802.11ac) solution with integrated beamforming technology enables manufacturers of home entertainment platforms to deliver the speed, range and bandwidth required for streaming HD content, interactive online gaming and seamless connectivity with mobile devices.

China's smart TV market is booming as consumer appetite for on-demand content, gaming and interaction with mobile devices continues to rise. Approximately 85% of all LCD TVs will be Smart TVs by 2018 (according to a recent report from Gartner). Xiaomi's 4K Mi TV2 combines brilliant 4K picture quality, superior gaming features and integrated Mi Box STB with MIUI, offering access to thousands of free HD movies and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) content choices.

Based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard, Broadcom 5G WiFi combo solutions are playing a key role in the connected home. Suited for home entertainment platforms such as digital televisions and over-the-top media boxes, Broadcom 5G WiFi solutions dramatically increases bandwidth and reliability, delivering the robust wireless connectivity needed for today's mushrooming bandwidth demands. Up to three times faster and six times more power efficient than its 802.11n predecessor, 5G WiFi provides eight times the capacity and broader coverage.

Alex Chou, Senior Director, Wireless Connectivity Combos, Broadcom, commented: "Our qualified 5G WiFi combo solutions provide leading innovators such as Xiaomi with the components required to get to market quickly with the latest in 11ac technology. By combining our cutting edge technology with their own design expertise, Xiaomi has raised the bar for smart TV performance and delivered a remarkable new home entertainment experience to the China consumers."

"Our goal with the next generation Mi TV is to deliver the extraordinary home entertainment experience our customers have come to expect. Broadcom provided a highly integrated solution with the innovative features we required to exceed consumer expectations while reducing overall bill-of-material cost and time-to-market," comments Dai QingSong, Vice President, Xiaomi.

The recently announced Xiaomi smart Mi TV2 will be available to China consumers on May 27, 2014. The Broadcom BCM43569 is now available.

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