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Broadcom chips in on Wi-Fi phones

Sun, 10/10/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Broadcom Corp. has introduced a new chipset for IP telephones that incorporates 802.11g Wi-Fi technology.

Broadcom said phones based on the chipset will give consumers a cordless phone replacement that can also support data applications such as Web browsing, e-mail and instant messaging.

The company's new Voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) silicon reduced the "major chip count" from four to two chips, and adds features such as quality of service and security.

The chipset consists of the Broadcom BCM1160 mobile VoIP processor and BCM4318 AirForce One 54g chip. The processor also uses Broadcom's xChange VoIP software for toll-quality voice applications. The chipset is also present in the BCM91160 Wi-Fi VoIP phone reference design for OEM partners.

Broadcom did not disclose chipset pricing.

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