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Broadcom Corp. has introduced a family of new low-power 54g wireless LAN (WLAN) chips for high-performance Wi-Fi connectivity.

Broadcom says its silicon is suitable for a wide range of mobile devices and portable consumer electronics, including mobile phones, portable media players, handheld gaming systems and digital cameras.

Broadcom has one chip for 802.11b/g applications and another that combines 802.11a/b/g.

Broadcom's power performance claims are based on high integration and a software architecture, which in combination, help the chips intelligently manage how they transmit and receive data packets. The company rates power consumption at less than 270 mW.

Both chips can be combined with Broadcom's Bluetooth, VoIP, multimedia processor, FM radio and cellular products.

The two new ICs are sampling to early access customers.

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