Last January, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the new terminology Wi-Fi 6E, which operates with the protocol 802.11ax in the range 6GHz. Embarking on these news, the Broadcom presented some innovations compatible with the standard during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, including the new chipset BCM4389, officially launched now.
The BCM4389 is the successor to the BCM4375 version (which already had Wi-Fi 6 support) and performs simultaneous operations thanks to triple band and compatibility with 160MHz. Because of these improvements, the new chip promises to reach speeds of over 2Gbps reaching a peak 2.63Gbps.
Despite enduring even more tasks than the previous version, Broadcom was able to reduce energy consumption in the new chip by up to 5x through the 16nm process and other architectural improvements.
Broadcom expects the BCM4389 to equip "a wide range of Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices, such as home and commercial routers that will be available in the" launch of the 6GHz band, scheduled for late 2020.
In addition to, of course, the obvious chip applications on smartphones and computers, the company also expects virtual and augmented reality devices to use Wi-Fi 6E to ?pave the way for the future wirelessly connected VR / AR?.
BCM4389 also has Bluetooth which uses a proximity mode to stay connected to other devices constantly which also does not use a lot of energy due to the new technologies of the chip. According to the ReutersThis will also help to improve phone connections and music streaming on Bluetooth headsets.
As we reported, the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max already support Wi-Fi 6 and high speeds, with the biggest expectation for this year's launches being the implementation of 5G.