Broadcom Introduces 5G WiFi Combo Chip for Smartphones and Tablets
First to Sample 802.11ac Solutions for Complete Ecosystem of Consumer Electronic Devices; 5th Generation of Wi-Fi Delivers Dramatic Speed, Range and Power Efficiency
- BCM4335 integrates a complete 5G WiFi system — including the MAC, PHY and RF — with Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and software on a single chip using 40nm CMOS process
- Only combo chip to address unique interference challenges in systems with both 4G LTE cellular radios and wireless connectivity
- Platform-agnostic design ensures chip can be added to any smartphone or tablet
5G WiFi, the 5th generation of Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard, is a major evolutionary step from the existing 802.11a/b/g/n networks. 5G WiFi dramatically improves the wireless range in the home, allowing consumers to watch HD-quality video from more devices, in more places, simultaneously. With 3X faster speeds, consumers can download web content from a mobile device, and synch large files such as videos, in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device. Since 5G WiFi transfers the same volume of data at a much faster rate, devices enter low-power mode quickly and, as a result, are up to six times more power efficient than equivalent 802.11n solutions.
The new BCM4335 integrates a complete, single-stream 5G WiFi system — including the MAC, PHY and RF — with Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and software on a single silicon die. The platform-agnostic design and integration of the MAC, PHY and RF allows the BCM4335 to be added to any smartphone or tablet regardless of the application processor used. Designed in 40nm CMOS process, the new chips are smaller and more power efficient, giving customers more design freedom.
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Additional Product Highlights:
- The BCM4335 features the industry's most advanced idle power consumption performance, which significantly extends a mobile device's battery life
Broadcom's TurboQAM® technology implements the highest data-rate 256-QAM mode in 2.4 GHz and enables devices equipped with the BCM4335 to deliver 10 percent faster throughputs than 802.11n speeds when communicating with other 5G WiFi devices
- Key high-throughput mobility interfaces, including SDIO 3.0, PCIe and HSIC, make it suitable for smartphone, tablet and computing platforms
- PHY rates of 433 Mb/s significantly boost the wireless throughput compared to previous generation wireless solutions
- Advanced beamforming, Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) code and Space-Time Block Code (STBC) support for better coverage and more reliable connectivity
- Built-in media processing to off-load host processor
- Integrated support for Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ technologies
- By 2016, 3 trillion minutes of video content will cross the network every month 
- Most network video is now viewed on devices other than PCs 
- Mobile data traffic worldwide will grow 18-fold from 2011 to 2016 
- Almost 100% of smartphones and tablets have adopted combo chips for wireless connectivity 
- 802.11ac penetration in smartphones is expected to approach 100%, with an expected total available market of almost 1.5 billion Wi-Fi chips in smartphones and tablets by 2016 
The BCM4335 is now sampling to
"Combo chips now dominate the wireless connectivity market in smartphones and tablets, with the size, cost, performance and integration benefits they afford now being applied to other product categories.
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