Wi-Fi just keeps getting faster. And that’s a good thing as people start zapping UltraHD 4K video around their homes.
Broadcom announced today that it is enabling wireless data networking rates of 5.4 gigabits per second over Wi-Fi networks. The Irvine, Calif.-based company, which last week agreed to an $37 billion acquisition offer from Singapore’s Avago Technologies, said that its second-generation chips, dubbed 8-stream 5G Wi-Fi XStream MU-MIMO, will enable the fastest Wi-Fi routers.
Broadcom made the announcement at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, which runs from today through Saturday.
The XStream platform is available in sample quantities today, and it will run routers available in the market in the third quarter of 2015, Broadcom said. Manny Patel, the senior director of product marketing at Broadcom, said that the explosion of the Internet of Things — or making ordinary things smart and connected — is driving demand for faster wireless services in the home. The five-core “pentacore” processor in the Broadcom solution can deliver central processing unit speeds of 3.8 gigahertz. There are also other radios and host processors in the chip.