Feeds

Broadcom's new mobe chip claims 650 Mbps

2x2 MIMO, simultaneous Wi-Fi/Bluetooth

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The Wi-Fi world's quest to appropriate the term 5G for itself continues apace, with Broadcom announcing an 802.11ac/Bluetooth combo chip it says will give users download speeds “up to” 650 Mbps.

The BCM4358 drops 11ac's 2x2 MIMO capabilities into smartphones, and claims “50 per cent better coexistence performance with Bluetooth”, which boils down to being able to run streams on the Wi-Fi channel while also using the Bluetooth to play a game. Still, by getting the two running simultaneously out of one chip, Broadcom lets mobe-makers cut their bill of materials by an item or three.

Shipping now and due to appear in mobiles later this quarter, the chip's performance will be important to Broadcom, which during July exited its under-performing baseband cellular phone business with layoffs of 2,500 staff.

As part of that effort, the company has started moving some operations out of Singapore, off to Ireland according to a report in The Straits Times, perhaps in pursuit of favourable tax treatment.

The BCM4358 gets its 650 Mbps – 867 Mbps physical rate less overheads – on 80 MHz radio channels, and ships with support for Android, Windows and Chrome operating systems. It supports transmit beamforming, and “Angle-of-Arrival” direction finding for smartphones.

Broadcom's canned release is here. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.