January 5, 2012

Broadcom Announces First 802.11ac Chips

David Pierce, writing for The Verge:

“Plans for the next generation of WiFi have been discussed in recent weeks, but this morning Broadcom made it official: the company announced its first family of chips for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi it calls “5G Wi-Fi” (not to be confused with the 3G and 4G from your cell phone).”

802.11ac can transmit and receive over one, two or three separate streams, allowing for a top-end bandwidth of 1.3Gbps, and a single-device maximum of 500 Mbps. Great for cable-less video streaming all over the house!