Broadcom Features WAPI on Variety of Solutions to Serve the Growing Wireless LAN Market in China
Addition of WAPI Paves the Way for Broadcom to Enable Wireless Home Networking and Mobile Devices in China
IRVINE, Calif. - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the Chinese Wireless Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) security standard, which is required for all WLAN products sold in China, is now available on many of its wireless offerings. Through a combination of software and hardware elements, Broadcom is featuring WAPI on several of its most popular WLAN solutions, allowing manufacturers to deliver a variety of WLAN connected home networking products and mobile devices to Chinese consumers. As a leading supplier of WLAN silicon and a WAPI Industry Alliance member, Broadcom is now poised to serve the rapidly expanding Chinese wireless market and increase its presence in the region.
-- The finalization of the WAPI standard has opened an enormous opportunity
for wireless technology suppliers to help address China’s increasing
appetite for wireless connectivity at home and on-the-go.
-- Broadcom is already a leader in the Chinese home networking segment. All
major Chinese carriers and router vendors currently use Broadcom WLAN
solutions in wireless routers and broadband gateways. Those customers
can easily migrate to products based on Broadcom technology that support
-- As China’s mobile operators rapidly transition their cellular
infrastructure to 3G, they are looking for ways to avoid network
congestion. WLAN offloads data traffic from the cellular infrastructure
and onto IP networks, helping accommodate data needs driven by
smartphones and increasingly popular connected devices.
-- Broadcom has shipped more WLAN, Bluetooth and FM combo chips than any
other vendor, with volumes in the last six months doubling the number
shipped since the company introduced the devices 18 months ago. This
accomplishment establishes Broadcom as a leader in innovative WLAN
solutions for mobile devices. Its strategic support of WAPI and the
projected growth of smartphones in China give Broadcom an excellent
opportunity to further expand its presence in this segment. Broadcom is
among the first WLAN chipmakers to offer WAPI-enabled solutions aimed at
wireless routers and mobile devices, including:
-- The InConcert® BCM4325 - Combines WLAN, Bluetooth® and FM
technologies into a single 65 nanometer (nm) die, enables the most
popular wireless features in cellular handsets and other mobile
devices. The combination chip significantly reduces the size and
power consumption, and features Broadcom’s leading coexistence
technology to provide best-in-class wireless performance.
-- A range of solutions that enable 802.11g, 802.11n 1x1, 2x2, single
and dual band wireless routers and residential gateways with a range
of feature sets and price points, including the BCM5354, BCM5356,
BCM4312, BCM4313, BCM4318e, BCM4322, BCM43222, BCM43224, BCM432225,
BCM4716, BCM4717, BCM4718 and BCM6362.
-- All of these chips leverage Broadcom’s superior radio and digital
architecture to provide robust wireless connectivity to share
broadband connections and support triple-play services throughout a
-- Top-tier global handset manufacturers will soon ship WAPI-enabled
smartphones that use Broadcom’s industry-leading BCM4325 combo chip. In
working with these customers, Broadcom’s WAPI features have been
certified for use on two of China’s cellular networks, and have been
proven on two of the most popular mobile operating systems, Windows
Mobile and Android.
-- As part of Broadcom’s unique OneDriver™ software, Broadcom is
implementing the identical WAPI code across multiple platforms, which
provides manufacturers with a well-tested software architecture and
proven performance for a variety of devices, driving down their costs.
As WLAN becomes more prevalent in broadband gateways and consumer
electronics, Broadcom’s WAPI software may be added to future DSL,
digital television (DTV) and set-top box platforms.
-- The WAPI Industry Alliance, which was formed in March 2006, currently
has nearly 70 members representing a variety of companies from areas
including research and development, software development, standard
ratification, chip design, product manufacturing and system integration,
Michael Hurlston, Vice President & General Manager for Broadcom’s Home and Wireless Networking Business Unit:
“We are pleased to support the WAPI standard and as a leader in WLAN we are proud to be a driver of the burgeoning wireless communications market in China. The exponential growth of home networking and mobile communications in China presents an enormous opportunity for Broadcom to expand its leadership in these segments. In an effort to promote global standards, Broadcom is delivering solutions that meet China’s security requirements and bring top-of-the-line wireless technologies to Chinese consumers.”
Cao Jun, Chairman, WAPI Industry Alliance:
“China is home to one-fifth of the world’s consumers and boasts nearly 85 million broadband subscribers, which presents great opportunities for WLAN vendors. As an important security access technology for WLAN, WAPI is being widely adopted because it delivers an enhanced level of security, more powerful management capabilities and a better user experience, all of which satisfy the refined business requirements of mobile Internet. We are very pleased that Broadcom, the world’s leading supplier of WLAN silicon, will serve the exploding Chinese networking market, expanding its leadership presence in the region.”
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