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May 24, 2009

Broadcom releases industry’s first unified silicon and software solution

802.11n access point market is expected to reach 14m units by 2014

By CBR Staff Writer

Broadcom announced the industry’s only unified silicon and software solution for 802.11n enterprise wireless networks.

Combining wireless LAN (WLAN) silicon, switch silicon and networking software will enable OEMs to design a unified wireless network solution.

The new solution is expected to enable mobility around the office and ensure network management, scalability, security, performance and cost effectiveness of a wired network.

Martin Lund, vice president & general manager of Broadcom’s networking switching business unit, said: While 802.11n improves Wi-Fi performance and expands wireless connectivity into new applications, it requires a new unified network architecture to avoid inefficiencies and traffic bottlenecks.

Broadcom combines an enterprise’s wired and wireless infrastructure and enables an enterprise Wi-Fi network to provide automated network management that would encourage the adoption of 802.11n.

The new solution includes several products, the Broadcom BCM56520 unified wireless switch, the Intensi-fi BCM4748 802.11n access point (AP) system-on-a-chip (SoC) with Accelerange technology and FASTPATH unified wireless switching (UWS) 6.0 software optimised for unified wireless switching and unified wireless APs.

According to ABI Research, the 802.11n access point market is estimated to grow 14m units by 2014, up from less than a million units in 2008 with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 105%.

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