Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., reached a major milestone by enabling a number of new multi-band Wi-Fi products (featuring 802.11ad in the 60 GHz band and 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac with MU-MIMO) across networking, mobile and computing segments. These products are expected to lead the way for a robust ecosystem and underscore the importance of the greater capacity and speed that 802.11ad brings to the evolution of Wi-Fi.
Several companies plan to release products in the coming year that utilize the end-to-end solutions for 802.11ad products including:
- Smartphones from Letv
- Access points from Elecom, NEC and TP-Link
- Notebooks from Acer and Asus
- Adapters from SiBEAM, Inc., a Lattice Semiconductor company, and Peraso Technologies, Inc.
“With the rising demand for more wireless capacity and speeds in the home and workplace, further evolving Wi-Fi continues to be a top priority for the industry and for us,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Atheros was the first to commercialize 802.11ac wave 2 with MU-MIMO, providing up to 3x greater performance. We are once again leading the industry by bringing multi-gigabit, high capacity connectivity with our 802.11ad multi-band technology.”
By utilizing a portfolio of platforms, including the Qualcomm Technologies’ Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 and Qualcomm Atheros’ Qualcomm® Internet Processor (IPQ) 8064 reference designs combined with its QCA9500 802.11ad chipset, Qualcomm is providing easy to use solutions for the industry. As a result, customers can easily design the most advanced wireless connectivity features into a variety of products.
By offering up to 4.6 Gbps PHY and bringing bandwidth rich 60GHz spectrum to Wi-Fi’s fold, 802.11ad is one of the tools that can address the burgeoning data demand in homes, enterprises and carrier networks. Some of the 11ad use cases include lag-free docking and screen mirroring, 4k streaming to multiple devices, near instant access to multimedia and fast upload and downloads.
“Letv has already established itself as one of the world’s top innovators and our decision to include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon Sense ID and the first to roll out 802.11ad into these new devices demonstrates our commitment to creating and delivering the best technology available to our customers,” said Jun Liang, chief operating officer, Letv. “With the rollout of Letv products globally, users will experience multi-gigabit wireless performance for video streaming and sync-and-go applications wherever they go.”
“Through our continued collaboration with Qualcomm Atheros, TP-LINK is thrilled to introduce the Talon AD7200, the industry’s first wireless 11ad multi-band router launching in early 2016,” said Andy Chen, vice president, networking business unit, TP-LINK International. “Now users can share thousands of photos, full-length HD movies, and entire music libraries between devices in seconds. They can also game online wirelessly at speeds faster than wired Gigabit Ethernet connections, and stream in 4K HD on multiple devices at the same time. The Talon AD7200 brings a whole new level of wireless connectivity to the home.”
“Acer’s continued collaboration with Qualcomm Atheros demonstrates our mutual commitment to delivering industry-leading connectivity technology,” said Jerry Kao, president of notebook business group, Acer, Inc. “After launching the world’s first notebooks with 802.11ac MU-MIMO last year, we are excited to introduce the industry’s first commercial notebook with multi-band 802.11ad networking technology with our TravelMate P648 series, which unlocks a whole new spectrum of use cases for professional users.”
“Gaming tests the performance limits of laptops, and Asus excels in bringing the best gaming experience to our customers,” said S. Y. Shian, corporate vice president, Asus, “End-to-end 802.11ad multi-band solutions from Qualcomm Atheros allow us to deliver the best connectivity to gamers, with exceptional speed, lower latency, and outstanding performance.”
“Wi-Fi has become the lifeline of enterprise and carrier networks today. 802.11ad, through its multi-gigabit speeds and significant increase in capacity, can revolutionize enterprise Wi-Fi connectivity,” said Mr. Mamoru Nagatani, vice president, platforms, NEC. “Integrating advanced 802.11ad multi-band Wi-Fi technology into our access points is a testament to our technology leadership as well as our close relationship with Qualcomm Atheros.”
“802.11ad and 60 GHz enable a new class of applications and services, while also augmenting the capacity of existing Wi-Fi networks,” said Koji Kajiura, managing director, Elecom. “In continuing our track record of delivering cutting-edge wireless networking technologies, thanks to Qualcomm Atheros, we are proud to once again be offering high-performance, next-generation 802.11ad multi-band technology to our customers.”