Broadcom releases first-ever Wi-Fi 6E chip for cutting-edge smartphones

The Wi-Fi 6 is now no longer the fastest service on the market-an announcement from Broadcom on Thursday marked the launch of the Wi-Fi 6E, which will be available on its device, the BCM4389, a smartphone combo chip.

The new, expanded coverage will encompass wider 160MHz channel bandwidths, according to the press release, that can double the speed of Wi-Fi and chop latency in half.

"The BCM4389, the world's first Wi-Fi 6E mobile chip, paves the way for our wirelessly connected AR/VR future," said Vijay Nagarajan, vice president of marketing for the Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division at Broadcom, in the press release.

According to the company, Broadcom's BCM4389-there are already more than 150 of these high-end smartphones in use-boasts "over 2 Gbps of real-world speeds and up to five times better battery utilization," which it contends will be ideal for flagship smartphones and AR/VR devices of the future.

It will also become part of a larger system of Wi-Fi 6E products, according to the company, including home routers, residential gateways, enterprise access points, and virtual and augmented reality devices

The features of the Wi-Fi 6E like its high-level performance in crowded environments, roaming capabilities, and strong security, will harness a 6 GHz bandwidth "to deliver multi-gigabit speeds while avoiding congestion with legacy devices," the company said.

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The 6E also "unlocks high-speed bi-directional video applications and augmented reality."

Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and beamforming Wi-Fi capabilities will result in an improved listening experience for users, according to the announcement, with an improved range for Bluetooth-enabled devices.

The release also outlines how the tri-band simultaneous (TBS) connectivity architecture-including two main Wi-Fi radios and a MIMO Bluetooth radio-will get a third ultra-low-power independent radio.

This ensures: "Always-on Bluetooth discovery, resulting in faster pairing with devices; scanning for interference-free Wi-Fi networks to connect to while main Wi-Fi radios provide data, voice and video services; phones seamlessly switch to networks with better Quality-of-Service (QoS); improved indoor location accuracy with always-on scanning and little impact on battery life; and delivery of five times better battery utilization than current flagship connectivity solutions," according to the release

Here are some highlights of the new BCM4389, according to Broadcom:

You can expect to see the new 6 GHz spectrum band sometime in 2020.

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