Broadcom sampling 802.11ac chips for entry-level devices

Broadcom said its newest 802.11ac chips for entry-level PCs, tablets and smartphones are now sampling, and volume production is slated for the second half of the year.

The firm's second-generation 802.11ac chips--the BCM43162 and BCM4339--offer many of the same benefits of its earlier combo chip--the BCM4335--but integrate the complete front-end, power amplifier (PA) and Low Noise Amplifier (LNA). This enables a low-cost, mass market product, said Broadcom. The new 1x1 Wi-Fi chips offer a 433 Mbps wireless local area network (WLAN) PHY rate.

The vendor said its BCM43162 is a peripheral component interconnect express-based (PCIe) client solution for PCs and notebooks and supports the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows operating system. The BCM4339 has a secure digital input output (SDIO) interface and is designed for smartphones and tablets with support for the Microsoft Windows and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android OS. "Specific to the BCM4339, Broadcom is the only vendor to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE) coexistence," added the company.

"802.11ac chips have started shipping in significant quantity in 2013 and by the end of 2014, 11ac is expected to be included in more than 50 percent of total Wi-Fi ICs shipped," said Peter Cooney, practice director at ABI Research. "There will be rapid adoption across many devices with high-end smartphones, laptops and tablets leading the race."

Broadcom's 802.11ac chips are already included in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Select LG digital TVs and the ASUS ROG G75VW gaming laptop, as well as routers from Belkin, Buffalo, Cisco, D-Link, Edimax, NETGEAR, Samsung and Tenda also integrate the company's 802.11ac technology.

For more:
- see this Broadcom release

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