An icon in advanced semiconductor solutions for wireless and wired communications, Broadcom recently announced that its 5G Wi-Fi technology has been chosen to power HTC’s latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One.
By adopting Broadcom’s BCM4335 5G Wi-Fi technology, HTC is offering the power, reliability and speed of 5G Wi-Fi in its newest device.
There is an explosion in the popularity of video communication, with a subsequent growth in wireless devices that is putting significant stress on legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks. Owing to this, consumers are becoming more prone to deteriorated performance in the form of slower video load times and poor quality, and choppy video in general.
This particularly happens while streaming content to a smartphone.
The advanced 5G Wi-Fi, specifically based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard, effectively improves the range of wireless connections, offering better and high-capacity video streaming in smartphones, a wider area of coverage with very few dead zones, and the ability to connect multiple data devices to the network.
Key features of Broadcom 5G Wi-Fi 802.11ac:
- Integrated support for Wi-Fi Certified Miracast, Wi-Fi Direct, and Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint technologies
- Complete IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n legacy compatibility with improved performance
- Single-stream solution, offering data rates up to 433.3 Mbps
- Support for 80, 40 and 20MHz channels with optional SGI of 256 QAM modulation
- Built-in media processing features for offload host processor
- Low-Density Parity Check code, beam forming, and Space-Time Block Code support for reliable connectivity and better coverage
- High-throughput, key mobility interfaces that include PCIe, HSIC and SDIO 3.0, making it suitable for smartphones, tablets and other wireless computing platforms
- Powered by Broadcom’s TurboQAM technology
The BCM4335 5G Wi-Fi solution integrates a single-stream, comprehensive 5G Wi-Fi system that includes MAC, RF and PHY, with FM radio, Bluetooth and software on a single silicon die. Integration of MAC, PF and PHY – and a platform-agnostic design – allows the BCM4335 to be implemented in smartphones or tablets, irrespective of any application processor being used.
It is designed through 40nm CMOS processing to make it more power efficient, with smaller chips, providing customers more options to design their device for their routine.
It has introduced the latest version of wireless coexistence technology from Broadcom, enabling the handset maker to effectively use the technology on 4G LTE platforms for minimizing the chance of radio interference between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and LTE, operating in adjoining radio frequencies.
The Global Coexistence Interface from Broadcom essentially supports the coexistence scheme of Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and can be seamlessly applied for Broadcom LTE platforms to be launched in the future.
The latest HTC One, now powered by Broadcom 5G Wi-Fi, will be available globally in more than 80 regions and countries through 185+ major retailers and mobile operators, beginning in March 2013.
Edited by Braden Becker