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Friday, January 26, 2018

Skyworks teams with Broadcom on 802.11ax

By Nick Flaherty

Broadcom is using an integrated high power transmit and low-noise receive amplification module from Skyworks for its latest 802.11ax wifi reference designs. 

The 2.4 and 5.0 GHz 802.11ax modules and Broadcom’s Max WiFi processors provide four times faster download speeds, six times faster upload speeds, enhanced coverage and up to seven times longer battery life when compared to 802.11ac wifi designs today.
“Skyworks is excited to be collaborating with Broadcom to combine our advanced connectivity engines with their sixth generation wifi devices,” said David Stasey, vice president and general manager of diversified analog solutions for Skyworks. “This strategic partnership gives our customers a unique opportunity to deliver best-in-class wireless experiences for consumers across many new markets spanning multimedia streaming, autonomous cars and augmented/virtual reality.”

Next generation 802.11ax devices are starting to be adopted across the consumer electronics industry, as companies throughout the ecosystem begin developing solutions and products in support of the new standard. End applications for the Max WiFi modules include Wi-Fi routers, residential gateways, enterprise access points, and client devices. One of the key benefits of the 802.11ax standard is that it allows for a more robust and dedicated connection with data-intensive applications such as 4K TV, particularly when multiple users are streaming Wi-Fi simultaneously.

According to ABI Research, 802.11ax devices will account for 57 percent of wifi chipsets by 2021.

More information about Skyworks’ 802.11ax solutions can be found on its Wi-Fi Connectivity page and as part of Broadcom’s or BCM43684 and BCM43694 reference designs.

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