Broadcom To Unveil 802.11ac Chips at CES 2012

A major silicon vendor, Broadcom, announced that at the International Consumer Electronics (CES) Show 2012 to be held next week they will be launching the fifth generation of Wi-Fi which is expected to be three times faster than the present wireless networking technology.

During the annual event the company will be displaying and demonstrating "set of chips" for IEEE 802.11ac standard. Broadcom is claiming that the chip will provide internet speed up to 1.3Gbps, three times better than the speed of 802.11n. Besides, faster speeds it will also give six times better power efficiency which is very good news for portable devices.

The reason behind such a performance boost is because there a variety of mechanisms in place including the likes of wider channel bandwidth of 80MHz or more, a higher modulation scheme and beamforming. The new standard is be using the 5GHz band and not the overcrowded 2.4GHz spectrum.

For the time being, the company has plans to launch four chips, namely BCM4352, BCM4360, BCM43516 and BCM43526. In fact, samples chips have been delivered to various manufacturers for tests.

According to senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom's wireless LAN division, Michael Hurlston, the devices most probably will reach stores by mid of 2012, reported PC World.