Featured Product - 802.11ac for Enterprise

Enables Fastest On-the-Go Gigabit Connectivity
for PCs, Netbooks, Tablets and Smartphones

According to a recent enterprise survey conducted by analyst firm Infonetics1, employees all over the world are replacing the use of desktops and laptops with use of smartphones and tablets, and IT departments are scrambling to connect those devices. As the number of mobile devices and the deployment of cloud based enterprise networks continues to scale at a dramatic rate, IT managers must reconsider how they provision, secure and control enterprise computing resources and information access.

Based on the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, the BCM43460 is the world's first 5G WiFi system-on-chip (Soc) designed to address growing demand for Gigabit speeds in enterprise, wireless cloud and carrier access networks, delivering 3x faster performance and 6x better power efficiency than previous generation 802.11an devices.

Bandwidth-intensive content in the enterprise, such as video conferencing, and customer relationship management (CRM) applications require speeds that rival Gigabit Ethernet and compatibility with centralized wired Gigabit speed networks.

The 2.4/5 GHz single-chip MAC/PHY/Radio BCM43460 is ideal for Enterprise and Carrier class access points, branch office routers and business class integrated services routers. New features such as Broadcom's revolutionary explicit and implicit transmit beam-forming technology significantly extends the range, coverage and network efficiency of Enterprise wireless networks, particularly in single antenna devices such as Smartphones.

The new Enterprise focused airtime fairness feature enables better performance through its support for a denser environment of mixed speed Wi-Fi devices. Advanced spectrum analysis features combine in-depth RF analysis with real-time WLAN information for real-time trouble-shooting of performance problems. This feature is critical to Enterprise operators for deep monitoring of interference in the network, resulting in more reliable, consistent wireless service. State-of-the-art security is provided by industry standardized system support for WPA™, WPA2™, hardware accelerated AES encryption/decryption TKIP and IEEE 802.1X

End-to-End Unified Networking

Broadcom's integrated FASTPATH Unified Wireless Switching (UWS) and Unified Access Point (UAP) software with 5G WiFi device delivers a fully integrated solution for wireless LAN controllers, unified switches, and access points. By combining its industry-leading wireless LAN (WLAN) silicon, switch silicon and networking software, Broadcom provides a complete platform for OEMs to deliver a unified wireless network solution. This highly integrated, low power enterprise WLAN solution enables seamless mobility around the office while delivering the same network management, scalability, security, performance and cost advantages of a wired network.

Enterprise

As the number of mobile devices and the deployment of cloud based enterprise networks continue to scale at a dramatic rate, IT managers must reconsider how they provision, secure and control enterprise computing resources and information access. Broadcom is at the forefront of developing the latest wireless technologies for the enterprise, delivering the connectivity capabilities needed to meet the growing demands of an unwired workforce.

Product Features

  • Dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) IEEE 802.11ac draft 3 x 3 compliant MAC/PHY/Radio complete SoC
  • Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology doubles spectral efficiency
  • Fully integrated dual-band radio transceiver supports 3 x 3 antennas for date rates up to 1.3 Gbps
  • Embedded hardware acceleration enables increased system performance and significant reduction in host-CPU utilization in access point configurations
  • Airtime fairness for most efficient use of channel time in dense mixed speed client environments
  • Integrated FASTPATH UAP software provides complete turnkey 11ac solution

1 Infonetics CRS: Enterprise Networking in 2012--What's in Store?


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