Broadcom recently took the wraps off a new 5G Wi-Fi system-on-a-chip for mobile devices that could potentially bring 802.11ac support, 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) and improved power efficiency to future iOS devices. According to Broadcom, the new BCM4354 SoC doubles data throughput and increases Wi-Fi coverage by up to 30%, while at the same time increasing efficiency by roughly 25% over older 1x1 MIMO solutions.

Broadcom’s Vice President of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos, Dino Bekis, had the following to say regarding the matter:

Smartphones have become the epicenter of today's digital life and consumers are demanding ever increasing levels of performance and sophistication. As a leader in wireless connectivity solutions, Broadcom continues to deliver unprecedented features and capabilities to this demanding and rapidly growing market.
Broadcom says the chip will give smartphones the same benefits from advanced multi-antenna 2x2 MIMO designs seen on tablet devices like Apple’s iPad Air. In addition, the firm’s beam-forming technology will improve range and performance in congested environments. The company is claiming that the chip is also being produced but didn’t specify when quantities would reach levels necessary for a wide distribution.

With the Cupertino California company’s continued use of Broadcom-based Wi-Fi chips and other controller components in the iPhone 5S and iPad lineup, the upcoming BCM4354 will likely make its way into next-gen iOS devices. Apple’s move to include the chip in its iOS devices is a logical next step as the company has already rolled out 802.11ac technology in its laptop and desktop hardware offerings. The Cupertino California company also happened to be one of the first major OEMs to incorporate the 5G wireless spec in a consumer device with the mid-2013 MacBook Air.

Source: Broadcom (Press Release)