5G SocBroadcom Corporation launched the BCM43460, a 5G WiFi system-on-chip (SoC) designed to address the growing demand for Gigabit speeds in enterprise, wireless cloud networks and carrier access. Based on the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, the BCM43460 system-on-chip (SoC) is said to be 3x faster and 6x more power efficient than previous generation 802.11n solutions and is interoperable with legacy 802.11 technologies. Features such as the company’s explicit and implicit transmit beam-forming technology significantly extends the range, coverage and network efficiency of Enterprise wireless networks, particularly in single antenna devices such as smartphones, according to the company. The new Enterprise focused airtime fairness supports a denser environment of mixed speed Wi-Fi devices. Advanced spectrum analysis features combine in-depth RF analysis with real-time WLAN information for real-time trouble­shooting of performance problems. This feature is critical to Enterprise operators for deep monitoring of interference in the network, resulting in more reliable, consistent wireless service. Security is provided by industry standardized system support for WPA, WPA2, hardware accelerated AES encryption/decryption TKIP and IEEE 802.1X.

End-to-End Unified Networking

Broadcom's integrated FASTPATH® Unified Wireless Switching (UWS) and Unified Access Point (UAP) software with 5G WiFi device delivers a fully integrated solution for wireless LAN controllers, unified switches and access points. By combining its industry-leading wireless LAN (WLAN) silicon, switch silicon and networking software, Broadcom provides a complete platform for OEMs to deliver a unified wireless network solution. This highly integrated, low power enterprise WLAN solution enables seamless mobility around the office while delivering the same network management, scalability, security, performance and cost advantages of a wired network.

Key Features

Dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) IEEE 802.11ac draft 3 x 3 compliant MAC/PHY/Radio complete SoC
Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology doubles spectral efficiency
Fully integrated dual-band radio transceiver supports 3 x 3 antennas for date rates up to 1.3 Gbps
Embedded hardware acceleration enables increased system performance and significant reduction in host-CPU utilization in access point configurations
Airtime fairness for most efficient use of channel time in dense mixed speed client environments
Integrated FASTPATH UAP software provides complete turnkey 11ac solution

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