Broadcom Announces New 5G WiFi Chips and SoCs for Routers, Gateways and Set-top Boxes

World's Fastest 4x4 MU-MIMO Chip Delivers Dramatic Improvement in Wireless Video Streaming

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  CES International 2015

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced an expanded portfolio of 5G WiFi chips and system-on-chip (SoC) devices for high performance and mass market retail routers, wireless cable/DSL/PON gateways and set-top boxes (STBs). The new 802.11ac offerings enable OEMs to design products to meet growing consumer demand for streaming HD content wirelessly across multiple devices in the home. Visit Broadcom's 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) site to learn more at

Broadcom's 5G WiFi portfolio now includes the world's fastest 4x4 5G WiFi MU-MIMO chip for home gateways and STBs. The BCM4366 incorporates multiple 802.11ac Wave 2 features, including a MU-MIMO implementation, which delivers up to a 4x speed boost. In addition, multiple radio optimizations enable the delivery of broadcast-quality video over a wireless network. For retail Wi-Fi access point routers, the BCM4366 is coupled with the BCM47094 network processor SoC which utilizes a powerful 1.4 GHz dual core ARM processor, enabling unprecedented wireless and video streaming performance.  

"Broadcom continues to deliver the industry's highest performing 5G WiFi solutions," said Manny Patel, Broadcom Director, Wireless Connectivity. "The new 4x4 5G WiFi MU-MIMO architecture enables our customers to design faster, higher capacity, longer range access points that are equipped to address the growing number of connected devices in the home and continued demand for high quality wireless video streaming."

The new portolio also includes the BCM53573 and BCM47189 dual-band 2x2 5G WiFi SoCs for affordable and mid-tier residential routers, wireless repeaters, power line and MOCA Wi-Fi bridges. These two new SoCs are the first to integrate a 2x2 802.11ac radio on a single chip with a CPU and Ethernet switch, which reduces cost while delivering the powerful benefits of 5G WiFi to the entry-level segment. 

"802.11ac access points are expected to reach nearly 60 percent of consumer Wi-Fi equipment shipments in 2016," said ABI Research Director Philip Solis. "Broadcom has captured a leading position with Wave 1 802.11ac. With Wave 2, Broadcom is enabling its customers to bring the next generation of 802.11ac products to market."

Key Features and Benefits

The BCM4366 is a 5G WiFi 4x4 MU-MIMO radio chip for high-performance routers, wireless cable/DSL gateways and set-top boxes, featuring:

  • NitroQAM™ modulation for higher peak throughput
  • Capable of 8x8 5G WiFi XStream configuration with 8 client MU-MIMO support
  • Dedicated hardware for enhancing video distribution while maintaining best-in-class data performance
  • Enhanced receiver performance in the presence of interference for better range
  • Enables 160MHz aggregation for mobile devices taking upload and download speeds to the next level
  • Zero Wait DFS allows access points to connect to more 5 GHz channels and achieve higher capacity to deliver better performance

The BCM53573 and BCM47189 are dual-band 2x2 SoCs for affordable and mid-tier residential routers and bridges, including:

  • Integrated 2x2/1+1 5G WiFi with CPU, FE switch and USB
  • Concurrent frequency operation in 2.4 and 5 GHz bands for routers
  • High performance ARM CPU & PCIe to enable handling simultaneous dual-band 5G WiFi
  • RGMII to enable GigE
  • iPA and ePA support

The BCM47094 is a network processor SoC with dual core 1.4GHz ARM9 CPU and integrated gigabit Ethernet switch, featuring:

  • High performance CPU platform for Broadcom Wave-2 5G WiFi
  • USB 3.0 with 100MB/s USB storage performance (NAS)

The BCM4366, BCM53573, BCM47189 and BCM47094 are currently sampling. 

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About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to

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