Broadcom's new 5G Wi-Fi chip with 802.11ac, 2x2 MIMO could be tapped for future iPhone

Rafagon

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Broadcom's new system-on-a-chip could bring wifi 802.11ac capability along with improved power efficiency for possible inclusion in a future iPhone model.

I'd do an article on this for eiC, but I haven't heard much from the landlord lately. :D
I'm curious, why do they call it "5G," if it only brings impoved Wi-Fi capabilities, 2x2 MIMO, and power efficiency improvements? I would think "5G" would refer to cellular standards improvements (like speed of data transmission) and not new Wi-Fi or other capabilities. That's been the norm up to now, with any "xG" designation.

UPDATE: Nevermind. Blonde moment. I see now the article is clearly talking about a 5G Wi-Fi chip.
 
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I'm curious, why do they call it "5G," if it only brings impoved Wi-Fi capabilities, 2x2 MIMO, and power efficiency improvements? I would think "5G" would refer to cellular standards improvements (like speed of data transmission) and not new Wi-Fi or other capabilities. That's been the norm up to now, with any "xG" designation.

UPDATE: Nevermind. Blonde moment. I see now the article is clearly talking about a 5G Wi-Fi chip.
I'm glad you caught yourself. I didn't want to have to club you.
 

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The a/c WiFi standard is awesome. I got the new Apple AirPort Extreme base station and both speed and signal strength are tremendous. This would be a great addition to ANY smartphone, and if it's more power-efficient it will be a win/win feature upgrade. I'd love to see your article on eiC.
 
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The a/c WiFi standard is awesome. I got the new Apple AirPort Extreme base station and both speed and signal strength are tremendous. This would be a great addition to ANY smartphone, and if it's more power-efficient it will be a win/win feature upgrade.
I think Apple often waits to implement this tech until power demands go down.

I'd love to see your article on eiC.
So would I. ;)