Broadcom Sets Integration and Performance Bar with Next Generation 802.11n Wi-Fi(R) Media Solutions

Intensi-Fi(R) XLR Wi-Fi Media Family Delivers Unparalleled Video over Wi-Fi Performance to Consumer Electronics Devices While Driving Down Size and Total Cost

Jan 06, 2010, 08:45 ET from Broadcom Corporation from ,BRCM Mobile & Wireless

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 2010 International CES -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced its next generation single-chip 802.11n USB solutions for multimedia applications. As a follow-on to the success of the world's first single-chip dual-band 802.11n Broadcom® BCM4323, these new Wi-Fi® solutions integrate high-performance Power Amplifiers (PAs) in a single monolithic CMOS die and leverage ubiquitous USB interfaces to add high performance Wi-Fi connectivity to PCs, TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), broadband modems, Blu-ray Disc® players, and other consumer electronics devices.

The Intensi-Fi® XLR Wi-Fi media family consists of a 2x2 2.4 GHz-only solution (BCM43235) for cost-sensitive internet connectivity applications, a fully integrated dual-band radio transceiver with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band transmission capability (BCM43236) for whole-home video streaming applications, and a fully integrated dual-band radio transceiver with custom enhancements and software to support carrier-grade IPTV applications (BCM43238).

Highlights/Key Facts:

  • Universal serial bus (USB) is nearly ubiquitous in computing products and now found in a large number of consumer electronics devices. Wi-Fi equipment vendors offer USB adapters (often called dongles), with which consumers can connect everyday products to their home Wi-Fi networks.
  • As online video content continues to grow, more consumers want to access over-the-top (OTT) broadband video delivered through internet protocol (IP) to their TVs. OTT broadband video is generally considered to be content that is delivered directly to TVs in addition to a normal broadcast service or multichannel television package. Broadcom is addressing this growing consumer demand by connecting media platforms, such as TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and set-top box products, to a broadband IP pipe using Wi-Fi, which in turn, enables consumers to view this content on a large screen TV.
  • Broadcom's new USB-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions provide the bandwidth and quality of service necessary to stream HD video reliably throughout an entire home, share media content, and utilize internet-based applications. This is important as consumers migrate to IPTV and other services that require their entertainment devices to be connected to a network and support their lifestyles. Broadcom is driving down the cost of adding wireless HD video streaming to price-sensitive consumer devices via low-cost, single-chip 802.11n solutions.
  • Broadcom's new dual-band 802.11n SoC solutions (offered in their Wi-Fi media portfolio) serve the growing number of consumers who are using the 5 GHz spectrum of their wireless network for video streaming. With greater network capacity and less interference than the 2.4 GHz band, the 5 GHz band is ideal for multimedia applications that require higher bandwidth, more robust signals and lower latency. Additionally, dual stream (2x2) capability allows consumers the flexibility to place their Wi-Fi enabled HD video system wherever it suits their needs and still enjoy an uninterrupted high-quality viewing experience.
  • The key features of the new Broadcom Wi-Fi USB adapter solutions include:
    • Two dual-band radios (one 2.4 GHz and one 5 GHz) with integrated high-performance PAs
    • An ARM® host offload processor and RAM that reduces wireless tasks from the host processor, enabling the device to achieve maximum Wi-Fi performance with no incremental load impact vs. wired Ethernet
    • Data rates up to 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) and TCP throughput of 200 Mbps over short distances and guaranteed, robust throughput of 40Mbps+ at the edge of a >3000 ft(2) home
    • Bill of material (BOM) cost reductions by up to 40 percent, bringing down the total cost of 802.11n solutions
    • Over 50 percent smaller size than competing solutions, some of which feature four discrete components to match the functionality of the 4323x family
    • 65 nanometer CMOS design that promotes high integration and low power consumption
    • Broadcom's OneDriver(TM) software support and WHQL certified driver support for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating systems for client applications
    • Linux® support for access point and router applications
    • Comprehensive wireless network security support

Supporting Quotes:

Bill Bunch, Director of Broadcom's Wi-Fi Media line of business

"Broadcom has proven itself as a leader in 802.11n Wi-Fi media solutions with design wins shipping in high-volume products from the top consumer electronics OEMs. With this next generation family of products we are delivering a large cost reduction, setting the stage for much higher attach rates of Wi-Fi in DTV, Blu-ray, and set-top box products. In addition, we are raising the bar in the industry by offering the carrier-grade performance and quality of service necessary to stream HD video reliably throughout an entire home in a compact and inexpensive form factor that our competitors are not able to match. As a result, end users will be able to wirelessly share and enjoy media content using internet-based applications as connected TVs become ubiquitous."

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About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion, and holds over 3,650 U.S. and over 1,450 foreign patents, more than 7,750 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

A FORTUNE 500® company, Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

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