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Leading chipmaker Broadcom Corporation (BRCM - Analyst Report) recently stated that it has integrated Community Wi-Fi software on all DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and gateway platforms and has become the first semiconductor company to do so. 

This new cable modem platform from Broadcom will enable operators to have networks of hot spots without deploying new equipments. Community Wi-Fi can transform residential Wi-Fi modems and gateways into hot spots which subsequently provide cable subscribers quick Wi-Fi connections on the move.  
 
Broadcom’s Community Wi-Fi software also supports multi-mode connect to operator hot spot infrastructure along with increased authorization and accounting messaging. 
 
Earlier, Broadcom launched the industry’s first System-on-a-Chip (SoC) device with the potential of 5G WiFi. 
 
These chips facilitate the fastest and most reliable Gigabit connectivity for home and small/medium business (SMB) networks. 
 
These new SoCs from Broadcom combine a high performance processor, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch, GbE physical layer transceivers (PHYs), USB 3.0 and traffic accelerators all on a single chip.  
 
Broadcom is well positioned in the fast growing wired and wireless communications markets, and provides cutting-edge solutions for a growing number of connected users, who are demanding more content and bandwidth. 
 
These chips will complement the company’s wide range of 5G WiFi 802.11ac solutions. With the ever-growing demand for wireless connectivity ubiquitously, there is increasing reliance on wireless networks, which in turn, stresses the legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks. The new 5G WiFi enables mobile device users to stream digital content faster, and simultaneously connect more wireless devices to home and enterprise networks, while conserving battery power. 
 
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS - Analyst Report) also announced that it commenced volume production of several high performance RF solutions, which are expected to support Broadcom‘s 5G WiFi chips. These also include minicards for access points, routers and customer premise equipment.
 
We continue to maintain a Neutral recommendation on Broadcom Corporation. Our recommendation is supported by a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into a short-term rating of Hold. 

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