Qualcomm Expands 802.11ac MU-MIMO Product Portfolio for Wi-Fi Access Points and Routers

Qualcomm Technologies Inc. announced today that it is bringing the benefits of its 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology to a variety of enterprise and outdoor environments. Qualcomm Technologies’ 802.11ad solutions provide multi-gigabit wireless connectivity for laptops, wireless docks, smartphones and home networking products.

Qualcomm Technologies has now expanded its 802.11ad portfolio to address the requirements of enterprises and carriers looking to improve network capacity and deliver fixed broadband access. Qualcomm Technologies is working with leading enterprise OEMs to bring tri-band access points and outdoor products to market this year including the “Wireless Wire 60G” outdoor transparent link that was recently introduced by MikroTik.
802.11ad can provide customers with a robust, cost-effective and “invisible” alternative to fiber and cable deployments.

Qualcomm Technologies’ latest 802.11ad chipset combines the QCA6335 baseband and QCA6310 RF transceiver, which uses up to 256 antenna elements to maintain robust wireless connections for outdoor and long-range deployments (up to 1km). It brings additional benefits including advanced beam forming and beam steering features which aim to maintain strong connections in dense environments, highly-accurate positioning, as well as a low-power CMOS design to meet enterprise Power over Ethernet (PoE) requirements.

In addition to outdoor deployments, tri-band access points (supporting 802.11ad in the 60 GHz band, and 802.11ac in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands) are ideal for traditional enterprise-class networks, as they augment Wi-Fi capacity in dense places like conference rooms, cubical environments, auditoriums and public venues. Qualcomm Technologies solutions also support Fast Session Transfer (FST) features to provide a transition to 802.11ac when roaming.

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