Today Broadcom is announcing the newest member of their popular WiFi/BT/FM series of combo chips, the BCM4354, which adds 2x2 MIMO (two spatial stream) for smartphones and retains 802.11ac capabilities. The BCM4354 includes BT 4.1 / LE support in addition to FM receive, and also incorporates Rezence (the new A4WP) wireless charging receiver functionality. By adding a second spatial stream, BCM4354 is capable of a maximum downstream PHY throughput of 867 Mbps with 80 MHz channels, double the single spatial stream 433 Mbps throughput we saw on previous generation flagships. Of course moving to 2x2 MIMO will require an additional antenna for WiFi, or possibly an antenna-sharing architecture with a high band cellular antenna on smartphones that are increasingly packed full of antennas. With...

Broadcom Teases Upcoming Cat 6 LTE Multimode Modem, M320 SoC with LTE

Last year at CES we took a look at Broadcom's LTE modem portfolio, where the company showed off a Cat 4 LTE baseband doing 10+10 MHz carrier aggregation, before...

18 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2014

The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi

We’ve had quite a few major wireless networking standards over the years, and while some have certainly been better than others, I have remained a strong adherent of wired...

135 by Jarred Walton on 7/8/2013

Broadcom Updates 802.11ac SoC Lineup with NAS-Friendly BCM5862x

The initial batch of 802.11ac routers shipped with the dated and inefficient BCM4706 (based on a 600 MHz MIPS32 CPU). Broadcom made some amends last year with the BCM4708x...

8 by Ganesh T S on 6/3/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Incompatible with Original TecTiles, TecTile 2 Announced

In our part 1 review of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (SGS4) I noted that the device included a BCM2079x NFC controller. This is the same controller as we’ve...

28 by Brian Klug on 4/26/2013

Ubiquiti Networks Brings 802.11ac to Enterprise Wi-Fi APs

The enterprise Wi-Fi market is a hotly contested one with expensive offerings from companies such as Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless being the preferred choice of many IT administrators...

13 by Ganesh T S on 3/25/2013

Roku 3 Media Streamer Launches for $99

We have reviewed the Roku devices before, and the last major hardware refresh (if you discount the MHL-equipped streaming stick) was the Roku 2 XS which we evaluated in...

33 by Ganesh T S on 3/6/2013

A Look at Broadcom's BCM21892 LTE Baseband at MWC

Yesterday we stopped by Broadcom to look at their newly announced BCM21892 LTE baseband, which we saw teased previously at CES doing a VoLTE call. If you're not famliar...

8 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2013

Broadcom Announces BCM21892 - Their First 4G LTE-Advanced Baseband

It was teased at this year's CES demonstrating VoLTE calls, we saw it working in a reference design, and today, Broadcom is finally ready to make their first LTE-enabled...

17 by Brian Klug on 2/12/2013

Hands On with Samsung Galaxy S 2 Plus - Contains BCM28155 SoC

Earlier in the week Samsung announced the Galaxy S 2 Plus, a rather strange late-cycle update to the SGS2. The device is pretty much what you'd expect, and contains...

10 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Broadcom Teases its first LTE-enabled Baseband with VoLTE Demo

I dropped by Broadcom during CES, and while we've already covered most of what they had to show off, one of the things which immediately caught my eye was...

2 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Broadcom Unveils 4Kp60-capable BCM7445 SoC for Home Gateways (STBs)

The unveiling of the BCM7445 is undoubtedly the most exciting news to come out of the Broadcom camp for CES 2013. It is the fourth generation STB (set-top-box) SoC...

14 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2013

Netgear Selects Broadcom HPAV Solution for Powerline Products

HomePlug and G.hn are tussling it out to emerge as the de-facto powerline standard, but HomePlug has enjoyed a lot of success as the incumbent. In the North American...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

Broadcom's pre-CES Sneak Peek: BCM 43341 NFC Combo Chip and More..

We were at Broadcom's press event in San Francisco on Tuesday, where they outlined their vision for the trends in the next few years. Covered aspects included location technologies...

8 by Ganesh T S on 12/13/2012

Android 4.2 Hits AOSP, Broadcom Replaces NXP with NCI Stack for NFC

Yesterday source code for Android 4.2 was pushed to AOSP (Android Open Source Project), paving the way for other developers to begin building their own Android images and looking...

13 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2012

Broadcom Announces 802.11ac Combo Chip, BCM4335

Back at the Netgear 802.11ac event where we got to see some of the first 802.11ac enabled R6300 and R6200 routers, Broadcom told me that the announcement of an...

7 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2012

Broadcom Announces BCM4708x and BCM5301x SoCs for 802.11ac routers

We've been talking about 802.11ac a lot lately, and today Broadcom is announcing a new family of SoCs with greater integration and performance specifically tailored to 802.11ac SMB and...

5 by Brian Klug on 6/5/2012

Netgear Announces 2-stream 802.11ac R6200 router and A6200 USB 2.0 adapter

We're at Broadcom and Netgear's joint press event today, where both are announcing the commercial availability of the R6300 three spatial stream 802.11ac router which was announced at CES...

16 by Brian Klug & Ganesh T S on 5/15/2012

Broadcom Announces New Combo Chips - BCM4334, BCM43241, Shows 802.11ac Once More

We've been covering the combo chip space for a while now, which is hugely important for both smartphones, tablets, and other form factors usually driven by ARM SoCs. Combo...

5 by Brian Klug on 2/28/2012

802.11ac RF Hands-On with Buffalo AirStation WZR-1750H

We just stopped by Buffalo's booth at CES 2012, who were kind enough to let us use a WiSpy DBx from Metageek we're working on reviewing to look at...

16 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2012

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