Plume® and Broadcom Announce Development and Distribution Collaboration, Unveil Unique Cloud Driven Features

October 24, 2017 7:00 AM

- Broadcom Air-IQ feature coupled with Plume Adaptive WiFimulti-AP control plane turbo-charges interference detection, identification, and mitigation; drastically increases Wi-Fi network capacity of Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) and Single-Family homes –

BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the Broadband World Forum 2017, Plume Design, Inc. and Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) announce technology development and distribution collaboration, and powerful new interference mitigation techniques uniquely enabled by the Broadcom® Air-IQ and ZeroWaitDFS features. Available through the Plume Adaptive WiFi™ Cloud Control and Management Platform, these advanced features are the most sophisticated interference mitigation and channel selection techniques available in the industry.

“Measuring by the huge sums of money mobile broadband operators pay for small slivers of licensed wireless spectrum just to avoid interference, there’s trillions of dollars of value in the ultra-wide, unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum; if, and only if, one could deal with the complex challenges of providing an equivalent quality of user experience,” commented Fahri Diner, CEO and co-founder of Plume. “Unlocking this inherent value requires two fundamental innovations – highly advanced techniques to dynamically manage the unlicensed spectrum for interference mitigation across time and space; and a massively scalable, cloud based unified control plane which can look across multiple hardware platforms to perform joint optimizations of all parameters in heterogeneous carrier network environments,” continued Diner. “This is precisely the reason why we’re so enthusiastic about our collaboration with Broadcom.”

The cooperation between Broadcom and Plume also encompasses pre-integration of the Plume Agent onto a broad range of Broadcom silicon platforms for xPON, xDSL, Wi-Fi router and range extenders including those incorporating the new Max Wi-Fi 11ax ecosystem – which includes the flagship BCM43684 802.11ax solution targeted for the residential Wi-Fi market.

The Air-IQ feature from Broadcom can scan and identify the sources of both Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi sources of interference, serving not only as a fast, additional trigger and input for cloud based performance optimizations, but also as a powerful support tool for carriers in identifying the specific causes of performance degradation with finer granularity. Broadcom’s novel ZeroWaitDFS solution is tightly integrated into Plume’s sophisticated channel management algorithms to unlock the potential of the high speed 5GHz DFS channels.

In addition to Air-IQ and ZeroWaitDFS assisted interference mitigation and channel selection, the Plume Adaptive WiFi™ platform performs joint optimizations across multiple apartments in MDU environments, tightly coupled band and client steering across the carrier gateway Wi-Fi and distributed extender APs, back-haul link selection, and channel assignment and optimization in multi-AP whole-home environments using Plume’s novel Auto-Channel-Hop technology. Plume’s Adaptive WiFi™ also provides sticky client resolution, dynamic load balancing, and predictive, preemptive, and client specific optimizations based on device behavior and historical patterns. Internet Service Provider (ISP) operational support and provisioning functions are provided by the cloud platform through sophisticated Network Operation Center (NOC) and customer support interfaces, inventory management, and lead generation tools.

“Carriers globally are continually pushing the performance envelope for their in-home Wi-Fi deployments,” said Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access Products Division at Broadcom. “The tight integration of Air-IQ and ZeroWaitDFS features with Plume’s unified Wi-Fi control platform enables a unique and powerful value proposition which allows service providers to improve Wi-Fi capacity, speed, reliability and resiliency while lowering total cost of ownership of both single-AP and multi-AP Wi-Fi deployments,” added Fischer.

“We are thrilled about these new set of features on the Plume – Broadcom platform,” said Ahmed Selmani, Deputy CEO of Sagemcom Broadband SAS. “Sophisticated detection and mitigation of interference coming from both Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi sources, as well as coordinated access to a broad set of Wi-Fi DFS frequencies are becoming key requirements for our customers,” Selmani continued.

A live demonstration of the Broadcom – Plume solution in a heavy interference-prone environment is taking place at the Broadcom booth at Broadband World Forum 2017 in Berlin.

About Plume®

Plume is the pioneer of Adaptive WiFi™, the world's first self-optimizing Wi-Fi delivering the most reliable and consistent Internet experience to every corner of the home. Plume is driven by the Plume Cloud, a powerful cloud-based control plane, and is the most advanced, resilient home Wi-Fi solution due to its ability to dynamically adapt and respond to changing network loads and interference. The Plume Agent can be integrated into third party hardware for connection to the Plume Cloud.

Plume®. More Wi-Fi.

About Broadcom Limited

Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions. Broadcom Limited’s extensive product portfolio serves four primary end markets: wired infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise storage and industrial & other. Applications for our products in these end markets include: data center networking, home connectivity, broadband access, telecommunications equipment, smartphones and base stations, data center servers and storage, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and displays. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

The term "Broadcom" refers to Broadcom Limited and/or its subsidiaries.

Plume is a trademark of Plume Design, Inc. registered in the United States.

Plume Contact:

Bite

Rachel Jones, +1-628-202-2370

rachel.jones@biteglobal.com

or

Broadcom

David Szabados, +1-408-433-7848

Corporate Communications

david.szabados@broadcom.com

Source: Plume Design, Inc.

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