Chipmaker Broadcom on Tuesday announced new chips for wireless networking equipment that run on the 802.11b standard, also known as Wi-Fi. The two-chip package includes the BCM2051 radio chip, which sends and receives signals, and the BCM430x family of chips, which processes the information. The move puts Broadcom in competition with other chip giants like Intel, Texas Instruments, Agere Systems and RF Micro Devices.
Wireless networking gear allows people to wirelessly connect PCs, laptops and other devices with each other as well as with a wireline high-speed Internet connection. Such networks permit users to move around within an office or home without the need to connect to the Internet or other devices with wires. Aside from chipmakers, other tech companies such as Cisco Systems, 3Com, Nokia and Dell Computer support the Wi-Fi standard.