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Broadcom’s Little 802.11ac + Bluetooth Card, for Mac?

21 May 2013 1,885 views No Comment

At this point, it’s quite likely that Apple will introduce if not ship new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Further, it’s similarly certain that they will be equipped with 802.11ac (a.k.a. gigabit wifi) networking.

That said, CustoMac (a.k.a. Hackintosh) website tonymacx86 got a tip from a contributor who spotted a new and interesting Broadcom part on a Chinese forum/rumor site.

TheLostSwede recently spotted what could possibly be Apple’s next option for WLAN+Bluetooth connectivity. The images below show a Broadcom BCM94360CD PCI-E mini custom combo WLAN+Bluetooth card. More importantly, it looks like it supports IEEE 802.11ac; the next standard in wireless computer networking as well as a NGFF standard which is meant to improve area and Z-height, Layout, Interface support, and Flexibility. These standards help to reduce cost and design complexity.

So, when Apple assembles its first Made in USA Mac later this year, will this widget be somewhere inside? It’s a beautiful idea, but maybe not a realistic one.

Yes, 802.11ac seems all but certain in the 2013 Mac crop, yet Apple prefers soldering components onto the motherboard in order to reduce costs and increase integration…

What’s your take?

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