Todayâ€™s networks are being taxed more than ever by the influx of bandwidth-hungry devices, from smartphones and tablet PCs in the workplace to DVRs and gaming consoles in the home. Wireless technology, in particular, is facing a growing set of requirements to satisfy users.
Broadcom has been at the forefront of Wi-Fiâ€™s rapid evolution, empowering service providers with the technology they needed to manage the consumer demands for access to data-heavy content, such as video. Earlier this year, Broadcom solidified its leadership position in Wi-Fi technology by launching the first 802.11ac, or 5G WiFi, chips. Since then, partners such as NETGEAR, Buffalo Technology and Belkin have started integrating the technology into routers and gateways that are now making their way on to retail shelves.
But Broadcom hasnâ€™t stopped there.
Today, at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Broadcom introduced new, highly integrated SoCs designed to unlock the full potential of 5G WiFi networking for home gateways and SMB access points, network attached storage (NAS) boxes and other devices.
These new products are comprised of two families: the StrataGX series for SMBs and NAS devices, and the BCM4708x series for home networking applications. These new Broadcom SoCs are the industryâ€™s first to combine a high performance processor, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch, GbE physical layer transceivers (PHYs), USB 3.0 and traffic accelerators all on a single chip.
Broadcomâ€™s 5G WiFi vision is to ensure that everyone sees faster and more reliable streaming of digital content, gets quicker synching in the cloud, and enjoys the simultaneous connection of wireless devices to home and enterprise networks. The 5G WiFi ecosystem makes bandwidth available to the masses.
What will you do with it?