Communications chip maker Broadcom today announced a new 5G 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip designed for smartphones. The chip is capable of data speed up to 650 Mbps. Broadcom BC4358 will be the second chip to use 2×2 MIMO Technology, which means double the Wi-Fi performance and an additional 25% more power efficiency than 1×1 MIMO chips.
Today’s content-centric consumer spends an average of 4–5 hours a day on Wi-Fi1. With 650 Mbps Wi-Fi data throughput and 50 percent better coexistence performance with Bluetooth, consumers can download content two times faster, stream videos with less buffering and connect to multiple Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices concurrently (e.g. listen to music while playing a game) without interference issues.
Broadcom said that the new chips are already in production and will begin to ship during the 3rd quarter. The BCM4358 chip also includes improves location accuracy which can locate you down as accurate to one meter for better indoor location based services. This is the first chip that enables Angle-of-Arrival direction finding technology, another feature Apple could make use of. Rumors have suggested Apple is working on indoor mapping features for a future iOS 8 update.
Broadcom is one of the hardware partner of Apple supplying chips for both mobile and desktop devices Apple uses Broadcom chips in its line of Macs that support 802.11ac, including the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. They have also adopted MIMO technology in the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display powered by Broadcom chips. But there are no assured news that whether iPhone 6 will use the same chip mentioned above or not. Till then keep your hopes high for the September 9 event.