For most of the last year, Broadcom has focus all of his efforts on creating chips for the high-end and low-end mobile phone and tablet market. This morning, the company has announced three new Wi-Fi 802.11ac chips that are aimed at the PC and set-top box market.
The company has just released the BCM4350, BCM43556, as well as the BCM43558 which all feature the more robust 2 X 2 MIMO antenna that is capable of hitting speeds of up to 866 Mbps. The chips also able to optimize traffic through a process called beamforming.
Broadcom says that the differences in the three chips revolve around everything but the Wi-Fi, with the BCM4350 featuring a more PC friendly set of interfaces that include Bluetooth 4.0, PCIe, and SDIO 3.0. The BCM43558 drops the PCIe and SDIO in favor of USB 3.0. Finally the BCM43556 ditches Bluetooth making it the least featured chip in the lineup.