Broadcom Launches Microwave Communications Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that it has shipped a new, wireless chip, a new single-chip microwave outdoor unit (ODU). According to Broadcom, its new chip combines the functionality of what previously took 10 off-the-shelf chips. The new system-on-a-chip product is aimed at microwave backhaul, which are used for transmitting data from cell sites to core networks. Broadcom said that the microwave backhaul market is expected to exceed $6B, and more than 3 million microwave unit shipments, by 2015.