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November 19, 2009

Broadcom features WAPI security standard on its wireless offerings

To serve wireless LAN market in China

By CBR Staff Writer

Broadcom has announced that the Chinese Wireless Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) security standard required for all WLAN products sold in China, is available on many of its wireless offerings.

Broadcom said that the strategic support of WAPI and the projected growth of smartphones in China give it an opportunity to further expand its presence in this segment. It features WAPI on several of its WLAN offerings, allowing manufacturers to deliver WLAN connected home networking products and mobile devices to Chinese consumers.

The company claims that it is among the first WLAN chipmakers to offer WAPI-enabled offerings aimed at wireless routers and mobile devices including, the InConcert BCM4325 that combines WLAN, bluetooth and FM technologies into a single 65 nanometer die. The combination chip reduces the size and power consumption; a range of offerings that enable 802.11g, 802.11n 1×1, 2×2, single and dual band wireless routers and residential gateways with a range of feature sets and price points, including the BCM5354, BCM5356, BCM4312 etc.

According to Broadcom, all the chips leverage its radio and digital architecture to provide wireless connectivity to share broadband connections and support triple-play services.

As part of its OneDriver software, it is implementing the identical WAPI code across multiple platforms, which provides manufacturers with a software architecture and performance for devices to drive down their costs.

Michael Hurlston, vice president and general manager of Broadcom, said: We are pleased to support the WAPI standard and as a leader in WLAN we are proud to be a driver of the burgeoning wireless communications market in China. The exponential growth of home networking and mobile communications in China presents an enormous opportunity for Broadcom to expand its leadership in these segments.

“In an effort to promote global standards, Broadcom is delivering solutions that meet China’s security requirements and bring top-of-the-line wireless technologies to Chinese consumers.

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