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April 21, 2014
Broadcom's New MIMO Platform Improves Home Networks with 5G Wi-Fi technology

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

With the demand from consumers to wirelessly stream simultaneous HD content on various devices like smartphones, tablets and smart TVs increasing, the need to enhance home networks becomes imperative. A router which can accommodate the bandwidth-hungry applications is needed to optimize consumer experience.

Broadcom Corporation (News - Alert) a specialist in providing semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications has launched the six stream 802.11ac MIMO platform for home networks. This 5G Wi-Fi XStream will be much faster compared to other MU-MIMO routers and gateways as it features twice the bandwidth of existing 802.11ac routers and gateways.

Rahul Patel (News - Alert), Broadcom vice president and general manager, wireless connectivity combos said, “As the first company to introduce 802.11ac products and with our 5G Wi-Fi technology powering routers from the top five router companies, Broadcom adds a new industry first with the 5G Wi-Fi XStream platform.”

The platform provides advanced software that enhances the performance of Wi-Fi devices for high-definition (HD) streaming and data consumption. Wi-Fi data rates up to 3.2 Gbps is delivered by the new 5G Wi-Fi XStream. This will benefit consumers who consume more data, connect to Internet of Things devices and also stream HD content to multiple screens, all simultaneously.

In addition, Broadcom’s Intelligent Quality of Service (iQoS) software can segregate incoming traffic and can allocate the required bandwidth depending on the applications. The company’s SmartConnect software will ensure that all 802.11ac devices do not share airtime with slower Wi-Fi devices, thereby enhancing the performance of all devices.

The Broadcom 5G Wi-Fi XStream leverages a five core or “Penta Core” central processing unit (CPU) made up of two 5GHz radios and one 2.4GHz radio. It features 2.96 GHz processing power that helps maximize network capacity. The platform supports the new spectrum requirements released by the FCC (News - Alert) by providing simultaneous multichannel capabilities in 5 GHz band to enable six 802.11ac streams over a bandwidth of 160 MHz

The new platform provides the greatest reach and rate at range through high power RF on upper 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. It also ensures better range for video streaming by utilizing transmit beamforming and AnyBeam technology.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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