802.11ac: A Survival Guide (PDF)
Wi-Fi Above 1 Gbps
By Matthew Gast
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: August 2013
The 5G chips use the in-development 802.11ac standard.
- BCM4360 supports the PCIe interface and implements 3-stream 802.11ac specifications, and reaches speeds up to 1.3 Gbps.
- BCM4352 and BCM43526 implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps. BCM4352 supports PCIe interface; BCM43526 supports the USB interface.
- BCM43516 supports USB and reaches speeds of up to 433 Mbps with its single stream 802.11ac implementation.
All four models use the 80 MHz channel and a technology called beamforming, which uses specific receivers to increase the operational range.