Qualcomm Unveils 802.11ax AP, Client Chips

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Mr. Easy
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Qualcomm Technologies today announced two devices supporting the fast-approaching 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard.

The introduction of the IPQ8074 SoC for access points and routers and QCA6290 for client devices make Qualcomm Technologies the first company to announce both AP and client devices for 802.11ax.

The IPQ8074 SoC combines a dual-band 11ax radio, MAC and baseband supporting eight 5GHz and four 2.4GHz streams and 8x8 MU-MIMO, quad-core 64-bit A53 CPU and dual-core network accelerator in a 14nm design. It also supports Qualcomm's Wi-Fi SON technology, which is used in many of the 802.11ac distributed Wi-Fi (aka "mesh") systems sold today.

The QCA6290 is a 2x2 client device supporting 2x2 MU-MIMO using the 8x8 MU-MIMO sounding mechanism introduced by 802.11ax.

Both devices support 802.11ax standard features including 2.4 GHz MU-MIMO, uplink MU-MIMO on both bands, Target Wakeup Time (TwT) for improved client device power management, 8x8 MU-MIMO sounding and OFDMA and 1024 QAM modulation.

The QCA6290 also includes Dual Band Simultaneous support, which lets devices simultaneously access the combined bandwidth from both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.

Qualcomm Technologies expects to sample the IPQ8074 and QCA6290 in the "first half of 2017". Although the company did not say when the first 802.11ax consumer routers would appear, it would be reasonable to assume we'll see them in time for the 2017 holiday season.


Part of the Furniture
FWIW - after some review of 11ax - it'll be good for 11ax client stations - but the risk to 11a/b/g/n/ac could be pretty rough - and this comes down to airtime and the scheduled 11ax MAC vs. the unscheduled ALOHA MAC of the legacy clients/AP's - up to 11ac, everything was considered for fair time access and certain thresholds...

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