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Broadcom's BCM63178 combines a VDSL Profile 35b modem and Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax radio in a single chip

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by Balance, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Balance

    Balance Regular Contributor

    Sep 4, 2017
    Today Broadcom introduced the BCM63178, a SoC that combines a VDSL Profile 35b, also known as VPlus, modem, and a 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax radio. It contains a 1.5 GHz multi-core CPU (8.5k DMIPS) and can be combined with Broadcom's BCM43684 802.11ax WLAN chipset. The chipset family is sampling today.

    Press release:
    Product information:
  2. iwod

    iwod Regular Contributor

    May 28, 2008
    Why would / should some one make Home DSL Gateway with only 2x2 802.11ax? Lot of ISP will start pushing this and you end up with Sub Par Wireless Performance. They should have at least throw in a 4x4.
  3. Internet Man

    Internet Man Senior Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Most devices using the chipset will probably add the BCM43684 radio for a 4x4:4 5GHz 802.11ax connection. The 2x2:2 will probably be considered sufficient for low to mid-range gateways. Very few people have three or four stream clients and that doesn't seem likely to change any time soon.
  4. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

    Aug 11, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Not really - the 11ax is a good start, and it keeps costs low for the ISP's...

    Keep in mind this is a first go-round for CPE in the DSL space... and with VDSL, the WAN/LAN/WiFi is actually fairly balanced...