Broadcom Boosts Wi-Fi for Mobiles

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logo_broadcom Broadcom (s BRCM) released a new chipset today that integrates Blueooth, an FM radio and Wi-Fi (in the 802.11n flavor) for mobile devices. Broadcom is trying to own the segment of the market that wants multiple radios on a chipset, while Texas Instruments (s TXN) tries to keep up. The new chipset allows for use of Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz band as well as in the 5 GHz band, which is good for sending media to and from a handheld device. Chris Bergey, director of Broadcom’s embedded WLAN line of business, says the addition of Wi-Fi to mobile devices other than handsets is becoming more important, as everything from music players to GPS devices attempt to compete with services that are now appearing on WiFi-enabled mobile phones.

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Jay

What’s also interesting about this announcement is that they are offering 802.11n. The case for 11n in mobiles is a little unclear. Added expense and power drain. On the other hand, they built it with 1×1, a low-cost architecture. I think it will be a few years before the world is ready for 11n in handsets.

Curtis

@Jesse,

Agreed, I was referring to market adoption and acceptance – note I did say “burgeoning”. ;-)

Best,

Curtis

Jesse Kopelman

@Curtis

The current base of installed WiFi does not support White Spaces — totally different frequency bands.

Curtis

@Stacey,

This is a great move by Broadcom. I think Broadcom may be trying to take a leadership position in the burgeoning market for long range WiFi made possible by the FCC ruling on the white spaces spectrum. I think the white spaces spectrum is a sleeper ready to explode given the millions of devices in the market place today which support WiFi. By expanding WiFi radios on mobile devices, Broadcom positions itself well for fixed mobile and wireless convergence.

My $.02.

Best,

Curtis

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