Broadcom announces its first 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip for smartphones

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Online video consumption on multiple screens throughout the home is quickly becoming the norm — and all that video has a way of sucking up a home’s bandwidth. Semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom believes that the gigabit Wi-Fi speeds that 802.11ac will provide is a way to combat that, and the company has just announced its first 802.11ac chipset to help move consumers on to this new protocol. The BCM 4335 chipset that Broadcom is announcing today includes the aforementioned 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and FM radio all on one chip. The company claims that it’ll be about three times faster in terms of raw speeds over existing Wi-Fi networks, and also expects it to be six times more power efficient than 802.11n solutions.


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