Quantenna claims world’s first 802.11ac 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi products

10Gbps family for Wi-Fi access points features True 8x8 and MIMO for 5GHz and 2.4GHz to manage high-density wireless networks

Quantenna claims world’s first 802.11ac 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi products

Quantenna Communications has launched what it claims is the industry’s first 10G 802.11ac Wave 3 Wi-Fi product family. The products are built on Quantenna’s True 8x8 QSR10G Wi-Fi platform with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology for home wireless access points and residential gateways.

California-based Quantenna says it is the first and only company implementing 10G Wave 3 to support speeds up to 10Gbps. This speed is attained by combining the industry’s first True 8x8 MIMO configuration for 5GHz networks with a 4x4 MIMO configuration on 2.4GHz networks for a combined 12-stream configuration.

Quantenna’s 10G Wave 3 platform delivers the maximum capacity within the minimum spectrum so that more streams can be simultaneously transmitted with improved range and reliability. Quantenna claims this means that 802.11 Wi-Fi access points or gateways using its 10G Wave 3 product family can support more clients, each running more efficiently for such demanding applications as real-time video, OTT video, voice, IoT and other services.

It also said that even single-user MIMO (SU-MIMO), 1x1 and 2x2 client performance is ‘vastly improved’, ensuring that the millions of currently shipping mainstream smart phones, tablets and notebook PCs will also benefit from an improved Wi-Fi experience.

The QSR10G Wave 3 product family also supports a unique adaptive MIMO architecture. This enables 10G Wave 3 access points to maximize overall network performance, delivering the best possible capacity across all client devices. Quantenna argues this is important as the mix of legacy and new client devices are changing, as end consumers adopt more devices with 802.11ac.

“In Wi-Fi access points more antennas are always better, but 10G Wave 3 is not just about 8x8 MU-MIMO and faster speeds. It’s about making better use of network and airtime efficiency to support the growing number of connected devices, services and applications,” said Dr. Sam Heidari, Quantenna CEO.

“After pioneering the Wi-Fi industry with 4x4 MIMO, we’ve gained a deep understanding of real-world channel behaviour in crowded environments. These insights have led to the creation of 10G Wave 3 and the world’s first 8x8 MIMO, which are poised to revolutionise the Wi-Fi experience.”

In addition, 10G Wave 3 allows access points to support up to four simultaneous Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) clients per group. This means more total system capacity and aggregate throughput can be supported - a trend that continues unabated, as the number of clients increases per household over time.

More consumers will experience the fastest, most reliable video streaming experience, faster downloads and uploads, and better performance even at extremely long distances, in challenging high-density Wi-Fi home environments and outdoor applications like Wi-Fi hotspots.

Key Wave 3 features and benefits
• Integrated AP chipset for dual-band (5GHz and 2.4GHz), dual concurrent operation and management
• 160MHz channel support for 5GHz networks. When combined with 8x8 MIMO configuration, this offers 4x the capacity of 80MHz 4x4 MIMO networks
• Unique adaptive MIMO configuration
• Up to 1024 QAM modulation for 2.4GHz and 5GHz transmissions
• Supports rich set of interfaces to external hosts such as PCIe Gen3/Gen2, RXAUI, RGMII, and others.

Additional QSR10G product family features
The QSR10G product family delivers 10G Wi-Fi with up to 8x8 MU-MIMO for smart access points, wireless cable/DSL gateways. Key features of the 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi product family include:

• Peak PHY rate of near 10Gbps
• Support for simultaneous 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks
• 12 stream operation

• Peak PHY rate of 9Gbps
• Support for simultaneous 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks
• 10 stream operation

• Peak PHY rate of 7Gbps
• Support for simultaneous 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks
• 8 stream operation

• Peak PHY rate of 8.6Gbps
• Support for 5GHz networks
• 8 stream operation.

Quantenna said its QSR10GU, QSR10GA, QSR10G5 and QSR10PA products are now sampling to early access partners.

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