Broadcom introduces three new 802.11 Wi-Fi chips aimed at the PC and set-top box market

Broadcom unveils three new Wi-Fi chips, some aimed at the PC market and some at the set-top box market.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Mon, Jun 3 2013 10:16 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

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.

Broadcom introduces three new 802.11 Wi-Fi chips aimed at the PC and set-top box market | TweakTown.com

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.

NEWS SOURCE:engadget.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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