Broadcom unveils new chip to boost video streams to connected devices

Broadcom is eyeing retail routers, set-top boxes and other wireless gateways capable of sending HD and broadcast-quality video over a wireless network to multiple devices.

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LAS VEGAS---As wearables and other connected devices gear up to grab the spotlight once again at the International CES this week, Broadcom wants to be on the inside as far as the infrastructure is concerned.

The semiconductor maker unveiled what it is boasting to be the world's fastest 4x4 MU-MIMO processor, designed for boosting the delivery of video streaming to connected devices.

To produce those kinds of speeds, the BCM4366 incorporates multiple 802.11ac Wave 2 features, including a MU-MIMO implementation.

Broadcom said the SoC has been crafted with premium wireless performance in mind, which means likely embedding on consumer routers, set-top boxes and other wireless gateways capable of sending HD and broadcast-quality video over a wireless network to multiple devices.

Broadcom also has few more 5G Wi-Fi-ready chips on the way, including the BCM53573 and BCM47189 dual-band 2x2 5G WiFi SoCs.

These SoCs - touted to be the first to integrate a 2x2 802.11ac radio on a single chip with a CPU and Ethernet switch - are being aimed toward the entry-level segment, spanning mid-tier residential routers, wireless repeaters, power line and MOCA Wi-Fi bridges.

Rounding out the portfolio is the BCM47094 network processor SoC, sporting a dual core 1.4GHz ARM9 CPU, integrated gigabit Ethernet switch, and support for USB 3.0 with 100MB/s USB storage performance.

All of the new Broadcom chips being unveiled at CES 2015 are available to partners for sampling for the time being.

Image via Broadcom

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