Broadcom Announces Family of 5G WiFi Wave 2 Solutions for Enterprise Access Points and Cloud-Managed Wireless Networks

Delivers 2X the Performance in High-Density Environments

IRVINE, Calif., April 29, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  

News Highlights:

  • Support for 802.11ac Wave 2 features raises bar on performance, capacity and reliability
  • Unique NitroQAM™ (1024-QAM) technology delivers higher peak throughput
  • First to deliver two radios and a CPU in a single device

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new family of 5G WiFi Wave 2 solutions for enterprise wireless access points (APs). The expanded portfolio delivers the quality, reliability and capacity required for all segments of the enterprise and cloud WLAN markets including campus, education, hospitality, healthcare and public venues.  For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

Broadcom's expanded portfolio includes the BCM43465 (4x4 11ac MU-MIMO) and BCM43525 (3x3 11ac MU-MIMO) for high-performance access points.  With the BCM43465, Broadcom becomes the only vendor able to support 2.2Gbps and four concurrent MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) devices, enabling the highest density of client support for the enterprise market.  MU-MIMO combined with 160MHz enables devices to fully utilize available bandwidth to deliver more than 2x the performance. 

The new chips are further enhanced by NitroQAM technology, Broadcom's 1024-QAM modulation scheme, which gives up to a 25 percent throughput boost over 802.11ac's 256-QAM. In addition, by using a powerful Digital Signal Processing (DSP) based architecture, Broadcom  is the first silicon vendor able to perform advanced spectrum capture, analysis and classification right on the chip without impacting performance. Broadcom's Advanced Spectrum Capture Engine (AsCE) allows the chip to identify non-Wi-Fi interference and adjust accordingly, delivering improved reliability and quality.

"We're leaving no stone unturned in our mission to drive the transition to 802.11ac across all segments and markets," said Ed Redmond, Broadcom Vice President & General Manager, Compute and Connectivity. "We intend to continue doing so by offering differentiated, comprehensive solutions that assure our OEMs have future-proof solutions that provide end users the quality, reliability and capacity they increasingly demand across high-density applications."

"Not only will Broadcom's fully-featured Wave 2 solutions allow our customers to reap the benefits of MU-MIMO technology, these solutions also provide immediate capacity, coverage and performance enhancements, especially in high-density enterprise environments where optimizing Wi-Fi experience is essential," said Sanjay Kumar, Aerohive Networks, Inc Senior Director, Product Management.

The portfolio also includes the BCM47452, the industry's lowest-power, smallest and most affordable SoC. The affordability of this chip will help enable all tiers of the enterprise market to transition to 802.11ac. The BCM47452 is the first to integrate the two radios, power amplifiers, as well as a CPU on a single device.  Its Real Simultaneous Dual-Band (RSDB) functionality lets OEMs support 2.4- and 5-GHz radio operation concurrently in a single device.

"The BCM47452 will enable Zebra to deliver an entire family of solutions that unleash the optimal Wi-Fi performance for all tiers of enterprise access points and bring the powerful benefits of 802.11ac technology to the masses," said Sanjoy Dey, Zebra Technologies Director of Product Management, Wireless LAN.

"The enterprise-class Wi-Fi access point market is poised for strong growth as the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi-compliant devices continue to gain traction worldwide," said Philip Solis, ABI Research Director. "Broadcom continues to demonstrate its ability to deliver next-generation Wi-Fi solutions that address the changing market needs. With this expanded portfolio, Broadcom is well positioned to benefit from this accelerating market." 

Additional Key Features


  • Support for Wave 2 features:  MU-MIMO, Tx Beamforming, 256QAM, 20/40/80MHz and 160Mhz
  • Dedicated DSP-based hardware engine (AsCE) allows on-chip spectrum analysis and classification
  • Zero-Wait DFS enables enterprises to switch into and out of DFS channels without disabling AP
  • Support for more advanced features than any others on the market, including ultra-low-band (5/10 MHz)


  • Supports some advanced Wave 2 features including ultra-low band and spectrum capture
  • Integrated ARM A7 processor
  • Virtual Scanning Radio (VSR) scans Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi bands without the need to add a third radio to AP

Broadcom's BCM43465, BCM43525 and BCM47452 are now sampling.

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About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With one of the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything®.  For more information, go to

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