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May 22, 2014

Broadcom Chip Powers New Chinese 4K Smart TV

Broadcom has announced that its 2X2 MIMO 5G Wi-Fi chip is powering the new Xiaomi 4K Mi TV2 in China.

"By combining our cutting edge technology with their own design expertise, Xiaomi has raised the bar for smart TV performance and delivered a remarkable new home entertainment experience to the China consumers,” said Alex Chou, Broadcom’s senior director of wireless connectivity combos for China.

Broadcom said the chip was ideal for streaming video, gaming and integration with other mobile devices. It features a Dual-band 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac combo chip that supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart. It also supports Bluetooth 4.0 for integration with other peripherals such as sound bars and home automation devices.

The company has also added enhancements to allow for maximum Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance in difficult environments.

It’s no accident that Xiaomi was impressed with the 5G chip.

"Our goal with the next generation Mi TV is to deliver the extraordinary home entertainment experience our customers have come to expect," said Dai QingSong, Xiaomi vice president. "Broadcom provided a highly integrated solution with the innovative features we required to exceed consumer expectations while reducing overall bill-of-material cost and time-to-market."

The new TV goes on sale later this month. China in particular has taken to smart TV technology. Gartner estimates 85 percent of all LCD TVs sold by 2018 to be smart TVs, which offer Internet connectivity for connecting to streaming services like Netflix and other Internet content without the need for set-top boxes like those from Roku and the new Amazon Fire TV.

Streaming video, especially HD video, requires faster and more reliable performance than conventional Wi-Fi devices can offer. If Internet TV and smart TVs are to gain real acceptance, they’ll have to have seamless experiences for people who just want to relax with their favorite movies and TV shows and not worry about network issues.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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