Broadcom Touts 802.11 Chips

New Broadcom 54g chipsets boost WiFi coverage

November 22, 2004

2 Min Read

IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) , a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, today announced two new 54g(TM) wireless LAN chipsets with BroadRange(TM) technology, enabling Wi-Fi users to maintain high speed wireless connections at distances up to 50 percent greater than previous generation solutions. Equipped with this innovative signal processing technology, Broadcom's new single-chip 802.11g client solution (the BCM4318E) and router system-on-a-chip (the BCM5352E) deliver maximum performance while greatly extending wireless LAN coverage throughout the home or office.

BroadRange technology uses advanced digital signal processing techniques to provide the highest receive sensitivity of any 802.11g chipset on the market. As a wireless client device moves away from an access point or router, it becomes more difficult to receive (or "hear") data transmissions -- forcing the system to downshift to lower data rates to maintain error-free communication. By improving a device's ability to receive transmissions, BroadRange technology allows products based on 54g technology to stay connected longer at top speeds before stepping back to lower data rates, and also improves maximum range at lower data rates.

Adding these state-of-the-art techniques to Broadcom's highly integrated CMOS devices makes the new chipsets the industry's most cost-effective, high- performance Wi-Fi architecture. The technology is expected to be embedded into a wide range of current and future Wi-Fi products -- from notebook PCs and wireless routers to cell phones and other handheld devices.

"Broadcom's Wi-Fi success comes from timely introduction of innovative technologies that our customers use to win in the competitive wireless LAN market," said Jeff Abramowitz, Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Home and Wireless Networking Business Unit. "BroadRange technology significantly improves Wi-Fi coverage and is a cost-effective way to enhance the Wi-Fi user's experience in the home or office."

Broadcom Corp.

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