Broadcom latest broadband IAD (integrated access device) chip has integrated almost everything but the kitchen sink, including support for DECT CAT-iq and HD voice. No big surprise that the announcement comes during Broadband World Forum Europe 2009, since CAT-iq has been blessed by France Telecom for incorporation into all of its end-user handsets.
The new Broadcom BCM6362 includes support for ADSL2+, 802.11n wireless LAN, Gigabit Ethernet switching, DECT/DECT 6.0/CAT-iq, and VoIP for IADs and high-end residential gateways, so OEMs can build a device that is a combination of DSL modem, wireless router, and DECT cordless base station. Support includes a six port Ethernet switch with four 10/100 and two GigE ports, plus you have support for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz operations — avoid that ever-crowded 2.4 GHz space.
No doubt Broadcom will announce a similar chip Real Soon Now for the cable community, since CableLabs has embraced CAT-iq as a standard.