Broadcom Speeds 802.11 Technology


Broadcom Corp. added fuel to the 802.11 fire with two new product
capabilities at the BroadbandPlus Western Show in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday.

First, the chip-making giant debuted the "BCM 93348RG Multi-User Wireless
Residential Gateway" design, which includes technology based on the draft
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' 802.11g wireless-networking

The new draft standard uses the 2.4-gigahertz frequency of the older 802.11b,
but nearly doubles throughput to 54 megabits per second. The gateway also
includes a modem based on Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 2.0
and four ports of switched Ethernet.

In addition, Broadcom took 802.11 over wires with its demonstration of what
it claims is the industry's first in-home video-distribution network on coaxial
cable. Using 802.11 technology over coax will allow a unified wired and wireless
home-networking standard and simplify the in-home-networking scheme, according
to Broadcom.

"The increased bandwidth, range and coverage area provided by 54g technology
over competing solutions makes it the best choice for the wireless distribution
of voice, video and data services throughout the home," said Rich Nelson, senior
director of marketing for Broadcom's broadband-communications-business unit.

"The two solutions introduced [Thursday] clearly show that 54g is ideally
suited for wired and wireless home-networking applications," he added.

Separately, Broadcom landed an agreement with Motorola Inc. to become the
primary chip supplier for Motorola's DOCSIS 1.0-, 1.1- and 2.0-based