Wi-Fi is the modern day elixir, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved more of the world online. Wi-Fi, as an imperative piece of technology that powers the world today, also exemplifies Broadcom’s core mission of connecting everything. It is therefore illustrative to take Wi-Fi as a case study for our product philosophy, technology vision, and customer success.
For decades now, Broadcom has focused on cutting-edge networking, infrastructure, broadband, and connectivity semiconductor solutions critical to moving data around the world. Our chips enable infrastructure and cloud applications, bring multi-gigabit broadband into your home and the palm of your hands and power your home and office wireless networks. In fact, we estimate that more than 99 percent of all internet traffic crosses at least one Broadcom chip. Our uniquely broad portfolio of semiconductor solutions truly connects the world.
Connected with Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is integral to our product portfolio. We pioneered six generations of Wi-Fi products over the last two decades. Our connectivity chips have been at the heart of flagship mobile devices for more than ten years, and we have shipped over eight billion Wi-Fi radios. From our first generation smartphone chip that delivered 50 Mbps, to our latest Wi-Fi chip operating at over two Gbps, we’ve increased Wi-Fi speeds 40x in a little over a decade.
Each Wi-Fi generation brings with it new user experiences. What began as email and Internet browsing has evolved with richer content delivered to multiple devices across a wider coverage area. The last decade then saw a pivot to video, and the increased speeds of Wi-Fi 5 enabled the likes of Netflix and YouTube to deliver their content anywhere.
Broadcom’s Wi-Fi chips have led the way through these technology inflection points not only by implementing the latest standards, but also by raising the bar for consumer experiences. From maximizing your battery life to optimizing your video streaming experience, these Wi-Fi chips highlight Broadcom’s engineering leadership; And the sixth generation of Wi-Fi takes this to another level.
Wi-Fi 6 success
Technology development needs careful strategic planning and long-term thinking, and our success with Wi-Fi 6 is a great example.
As video consumption grew in importance, it was inevitable that uploading and streaming media would follow. Broadcom, together with other industry leaders, created Wi-Fi 6, which completely redesigned Wi-Fi’s underlying technology. Fast-forward to today and Wi-Fi 6 is the tailor-made technology for Zoom and FaceTime calls.