Broadcom rolls out 5GHz wi-fi platform for enterprise APs

Broadcom said the new offering eliminates performance degradation that occurs when slower devices share traditional single 5GHz wi-fi access points.

Broadcom has released a new platform and CPU designed to improve efficiency and power across an enterprise network.

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The platform is a dual-channel 5GHz wi-fi access point built on the new BCM49408 quad-core ARM CPU.

Broadcom said the new offering eliminates performance degradation that occurs when slower devices share traditional single 5GHz wi-fi access points.

Instead of sharing APs, user devices are separated based on capability to boost performance, which is especially useful in high-density environments such as airports, stadiums, convention centers, and university campuses.

The platform builds off of Broadcom's portfolio of 5G wi-fi technologies rolled out last year and bolsters the wi-fi capabilities of its Wave 2 products, which provide greater speeds and solve some of the radio congestion problems of wi-fi networks.

"Enterprise wi-fi has evolved from being a technology of pure access to one that has become a platform for more personalized and deeper user engagement experiences," said Greg Fischer, SVP and GM of Broadcom Carrier Access. "This has driven the need for access points that can provide the high-density access and dual-channel capabilities."