Broadcom’s 5G WiFi Makes Technology Top 100 List for 2012

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Broadcom Connected Blog

R&D Magazine has named Broadcom’s 5G WiFi family of chips among the 2012 R&D 100 award winners, naming the innovation one of the 100 most technologically significant products of the last year.

Broadcom’s 5G WiFi SoCs were introduced in January at CES, based on the 802.11ac IEEE standard. They were designed to replace the aging 802.11n technology and satisfy the demand for faster, more reliable Wi-Fi in the hyper-connected age of tablets, smartphones and the connected home. Since then, the technology has been launched by a number of partners, including Netgear, Buffalo Technology, Asus and Belkin, which showcased the technology at a Connected Home event in New York City this week.

Photo Gallery: Belkin’s Connected Home event in New York City

The Power of 5G WiFi

5G WiFi delivers up to gigabit speeds of connectivity with six times more power efficiency than the previous generation of Wi-Fi. It operates on a different spectrum than 802.11n, increasing signal range and passing through more obstacles to overcome some of those dreaded “deadspots.” It was designed with the modern multi-tasker and family home in mind, able to connect several devices and enable multiple video streams at once, without pauses for buffering.

Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chip family is in excellent company on R&D Magazine’s list alongside innovations such as energy technologies from NASA and a laser and photonic development from a laboratory at MIT.

The award is celebrating its 50th anniversary and honors products from a range of disciplines including telecom, physics, software, manufacturing and biotech developed by companies, universities, research firms and government labs.

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