Broadcom has introduced two highly integrated SoCs which combine the benefits of 802.11ax with mesh networking allowing premium Wi-Fi experience based on newly introduced Wi-Fi 6. The new platforms have been specifically designed to enable a variety of high-performance smart repeater configurations that allow faster download and upload speeds, higher capacity, better coverage, lower latency and enhanced battery life afforded by Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 implementation. Both devices were engineered to be highly integrated and power efficient to allow dual-band or tri-band repeaters to fit into compact wall-plug form factors.
The first platform, BCM6752, combines a multi-core CPU complex, two ports of Gigabit Ethernet and a 2-stream Wi-Fi 6 radio into a compact package. The BCM6752 has an interface to externally connect the BCM43684 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 solution to build a high-performance concurrent dual-band smart repeater. The second platform, the BCM6755, is the industry’s most integrated repeater solution. It combines a multi-core CPU complex, one port of Gigabit Ethernet and two 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 radios enabling ultra-compact wall-plug form factors for “sprinkler head” deployment topologies.
In addition, the BCM6755 can be combined with the BCM43684 radio for very high performance tri-band repeaters. The new platforms allow the productization of Wi-Fi 6 smart repeater solutions which span the spectrum of cost, form factor and performance.
The platforms come with Broadcom’s SmartMesh multi access point management technology which is also offered on Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 enabled Cable, DSL and PON broadband gateway platforms. SmartMesh technology offers seamless on-boarding and configuration of repeaters, in addition to intelligent channel management and dynamic client steering. Broadband gateway platforms with SmartMesh can be combined with smart repeaters to form an intelligent Wi-Fi 6 mesh network, enabling high speed broadband coverage to be deployed seamlessly throughout a home.
The software suite also offers an application programming interface to enable third party cloud based managed Wi-Fi solutions. SmartMesh provides operators the assurance of multi-vendor interoperability driven by full compliance to the Wi-Fi Alliance EasyMesh industry standard.