The BCM56160 in particular provides 2.5 GbE Ethernet access point connections for 24- and 48-port gigabit Ethernet form factors. To address fiber connections, 10 gigabit interfaces are included in the chipset, doubling the stacking bandwidth and allowing higher levels of Wi-Fi traffic.
Broadcom's new Wave 2 chipsets also focus on power efficiency. The BCM56060 provides 1- and 2.5-gigabit Ethernet interfaces and 10 gigabit uplinks within a smaller form factor and lowers power consumption. Because the BCM56060 was aimed at access points in particular, 1 GbE links are foregone.
Broadcom expects 2.5G Ethernet to become increasingly prevalent in the coming years, and the BCM56060 and BCM56160 illustrate Broadcom's preparations for the future.
The Broadcom BCM56060 and BCM56160 802.11 Wave 2 Wi-Fi Network Switch Chipsets are currently sampling.