Broadcom, a renowned American fabless semiconductor company in the wireless and broadband communication business, should be familiar to many. The company provides Wifi chips for smartphones, tablet computers and notebook computers. Broadcom introduced its new 5G Wifi XStream at Computex 2014 and became the first in the industry to offer six-stream 802.11ac Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) platform. The platform optimizes performance for video streaming and increases the possibilities of future home networking applications. Besides Taiwanese company Asustek Computer Inc. and other foreign brands that use routers based on this chipset, Chinese brand Xiaomi’s recently introduced Wifi Wireless AC Router also uses Broadcom’s new Wifi chips.
Rahul Patel, vice president of Broadcom’s Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos, pointed out that Broadcom’s new 5G Wifi XStream platform is used by the top five router companies. Continuing the market experience in Wifi routers, speed remains the biggest advantage for Broadcom. The platform offers speeds up to 50 percent faster than other routers on the market. Broadcom’s software also works to allocate bandwidth to HD video streaming and data transmission, which get the highest priority, and reduces hiccups. With data rates of 3.2 Gbps, the platform can serve many devices at the same time and ensure they all get high-performance transmission.
Therefore, the router can serve more devices; in addition to the desktop computer, notebook computer, tablet and smartphone, it can also serve other mobile gadgets such as the Internet of Things device. The platform provides better transmission quality and avoids devices with different capacities from interfering each other, which will affect transmission efficiency.
The 5G Wifi technology is being used by multiple companies.
Asus, Xiaomi’s Wifi router, TP-Link, Xunlei Wireless network and Tenda Technology have adopted 5G Wifi technology in their wireless broadband routers.
Caption: There are many end products that adopted Broadcom’s 5G Wifi Chips.
Patrick Lo, chairman and CEO of NETGEAR, an American Manufacturer of networking equipment, said previously that “with an average of seven Wifi devices for every Wifi enabled home today, predicted to grow to an average of 11 Wifi devices in 2017, now is the time to future proof home networks.”
Broadcom’s 5G WiFi XStream includes six 802.11ac streams and three 802.11n streams that run simultaneously. It also has two 5GHz radios and one 2.4GHz radio. Its five core central processing unit offers 2.96 GHz processing power.
Caption: Broadcom’s 802.11ac chip has a market share of 45.8 percent in the Wifi industry.
According to TechNews’ interviews at the Computex, the most popular mid-range routers will be the wireless router that costs about US$200 and that poses promising prospect for chip makers and Internet and communication companies. Mass production of such routers began in the second quarter of 2014 and related end products are expected to be cranked out on the market by the third and fourth quarters. Broadcom also pointed out that the 802.11ac chip has reached the important phase of providing high efficiency and stable compatibility.
As Broadcom considers exiting its cellular baseband business, Broadcom’s new Wifi platform, Bluetooth Smart, and Broadcom’s support for Apple’s iBeacon technology draw much market attention in the wireless chip market.