Broadcom has released the industry's first 60GHz wireless mesh (60G WiMesh) chipset solution designed for wireless infrastructure applications including mobile backhaul and wireless access points.

The chipset consists of a BCM20130 baseband SoC and a BCM20138 RF transceiver chip, both of which are implemented in standard CMOS process. Based on innovative steerable beamforming technology, the chipset provides a highly robust, cost-effective 60GHz wireless solution addressing the “last-mile problem” for wireless infrastructure.

Broadcom’s 60G WiMesh technology enables a baseband SoC to connect to multiple RF transceiver chips, supporting large phased array antennae to extend data transmission range. The solution can also employ a custom time division duplex (TDD) protocol to facilitate long range point-to-multipoint links to enable a robust wireless mesh network. Compared with other 60GHz wireless solutions on the market, which are either short range or expensive, the Broadcom 60G WiMesh solution does not need high gain fixed antennae and allows the formation of a self-organising, community-based wireless mesh network in the 60GHz spectrum, which minimises equipment and infrastructure costs and provides a highly efficient, high bandwidth data delivery for mobile backhaul.

“Built upon a well-established RF/Analog CMOS design and standards based solution, the Broadcom 60G WiMesh solution is the first in the industry to support wireless mesh networking in the 60GHz band with link distances between nodes up to hundreds of meters, making it ideal for use in wireless backhaul,” said Michael Hurlston, senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Connectivity Products Division at Broadcom.

“Worldwide user demand for data on-the-go is far outpacing the ability of service providers to add low cost capacity through access densification,” asserts Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. "60G WiMesh lowers the barrier for operators and OTT players to add bigger bandwidth, at lower TCO than traditional wireless backhaul.”

Sample kits and evaluation boards for the Broadcom 60G WiMesh are currently available to qualified customers.