The Broadcom deal focuses on integration of Broadcom's Air-IQ and ZeroWaitDFS features with Plume's Adaptive WiFi Cloud Control and Management Platform. Also included is "pre-integration" of the Plume Agent onto "a broad range of Broadcom silicon platforms ... including ... the new Max Wi-Fi 11ax ecosystem". This includes Broadcom's BCM43684 802.11ax announced in August.
The Qualcomm announcement unveiled "two form-factor ready, turn-key, distributed Wi-Fi access point reference designs". The two designs combine 2-stream and 4-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology in dual or tri-band configurations and network processing into a "highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) from Qualcomm Technologies".
The design is aimed at producing a wall-plugged "Pod" similar to Plume's existing design that is less than 90 ccm in size and come with Plume's Agent pre-integrated.
Reference design licensees and current Plume Pod producers Sagemcom Broadband SAS and Cambridge Industries Group (CIG) of Shanghai are or will be soon cranking out the new Pods. According to the announcement, Sagemcom is "currently mass manufacturing and shipping Pods to multiple large carriers" and CIG "expects to ship Pods in volume starting in the first quarter of 2018".
There was no announcement of a similar deal with Quantenna using its new 802.11ax platform announced yesterday. But that announcement contained a complementary quote from Plume, which is usually a good indication that the game is afoot.