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Broadcom launches 5G six stream 802.11ac platform

New router is 50% faster than MU-MIMO routers, gateways

Broadcom, a provider of semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has released a six stream 802.11ac MIMO platform for home networks. Broadcom’s 5G WiFi XStream is up to 50% faster than MU-MIMO routers and gateways.

The new platform offers data rates of up to 3.2 Gbps and is designed for data-intensive uses such as HD streaming.

Broadcom’s Intelligent Quality of Service (iQos) software identifies incoming traffic and allocates bandwidth so that applications such as Netflix or YouTube get the highest priority while other applications, such as file downloads, run at a lower priority. It also ensures that other 802.11ac devices connected to the same network are not sharing airtime with slower WiFi devices.

“With the booming Internet of Things ecosystem and demand to wirelessly stream simultaneous HD content on smartphones, tablets and smart-TVs, home networks today need a premium performance router that recognises individual bandwidth requirements for an optimal experience,” says Rahul Patel, Vice-President and General Manager of Wireless Connectivity Combos at Broadcom.

“As the first company to introduce 802.11ac products and with our 5G WiFi technology powering routers from the top-five router companies, Broadcom adds a new industry first with the 5G WiFi XStream platform.”