Wi-Fi is about to get pretty darn fast. Broadcom’s first gigabit Wi-Fi cards are reportedly up to three times faster and six times more efficient than what’s out there now.
The new 802.11ac chips are based on 5G Wi-Fi, the next gen Wi-Fi standard. The chips — BCM4360, BCM4352, BCM43526 and BCM43516 — use an 80MHz channel bandwidth that’s two times wider than the channel on similar products. That’s huge for bandwidth-hungry tasks like downloading HD movies or loading a dozen tabs of horrible offensive pornography at a time.
The chips should have an effect on mobile too. Content will be downloaded faster, so the chips should let handsets go into low-power mode quicker, which will should actually save battery life to the point that turning on LTE doesn’t immediately drop your charge by half.