Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) has announced that they are planning the first advanced 5G WiFi combination chips for smartphones. The chip can double the wireless networking performance of a smartphone. It can also double throughput for faster video and music downloads on a wireless device.
The chip has a 2×2 MIMI (multiple input, multiple output) technology that can make use of interference to improve bandwidth. It also improves power efficiency of up to 25% when using WiFi over 1×1 MIMO chips. The chip increases wireless coverage by up to 30% compared to currency chips.
The Broadcom BCM4354 system-on-a-chip uses the Wi-Fi 802.11ac protocol to transfer data. Qualcomm aims to provide an always-on smartphone experience that compares to the desktop experience.
“Smartphones have become the epicenter of today’s digital life and consumers are demanding ever increasing levels of performance and sophistication,” stated Dino Bekis, Broadcom Vice President, Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos. “As a leader in wireless connectivity solutions, Broadcom continues to deliver unprecedented features and capabilities to this demanding and rapidly growing market.”
Broadcom uses Transmit Beamforming (TxBF) technology for getting better rates and range in congested environments, which should help with photo and video uploads for social networking websites.
Broadcom demonstrated a category 6 LTE Advanced chipset with wireless data networking speeds up to 300Mbps. The technology was demoed with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Finland-based wireless company Elisa.