Wi-Fi 6E access points for 6 GHz WLAN

January 08, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Wi-Fi 6E access points for 6 GHz WLAN
Broadcom has made available a portfolio of Wi-Fi 6E devices that cover both enterprise and residential WLAN applications in a new soon-to-be-operational 6 GHz band.

Wi-Fi 6E is a new standard that builds on the rich feature set of Wi-Fi 6, including OFDMA and other multi-user operations that improve performance in crowded environments, advanced roaming capabilities and increased security. Wi-Fi 6E extends the Wi-Fi 6 standard to support the soon-to-be-operational 6 GHz band. This new band enables up to 1200 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi use, which WLAN access point (AP) manufacturers can leverage to deliver faster speeds, higher capacity and lower latency with no congestion from legacy devices.

These devices coupled with the new spectrum will further accelerate the deployment of Wi-Fi 6 technology delivering a steady, swift and secure consumer experience. This expands upon the existing Wi-Fi 6 ecosystem which has over 125 million smartphones. The innovations of Wi-Fi 6E open up unprecedented capacity for high-bandwidth applications such as 8K video streaming, real-time immersive gaming, virtual and augmented reality, and high-speed tethering. The new 6 GHz spectrum band is expected to be operational in the United States in 2020, and a wide ecosystem of 6 GHz-enabled devices will be available at launch.

Enterprise 6 GHz Wi-Fi AP systems include:

  • BCM43694 — 4x4 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz channel support
  • BCM43693 — 3x3 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz channel support
  • BCM43692 — 2x2 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz channel support
  • BCM47622 — Dual 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with Arm processor

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