Qualcomm Delivers 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Advanced Network Processing to Address Enterprise BYOD and Other Network Challenges
Qualcomm Triples Enterprise Network Capacity and Improves Network Performance, Scalability, Security and Power Efficiency
December 03 2014
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., is easing data congestion across enterprise networks with a feature-rich, high-performance enterprise connectivity platform. To support the rapidly expanding number of devices and high volume of traffic traveling across enterprise networks, Qualcomm Atheros is delivering technology that enables sophisticated access points (APs) to take advantage of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi® connectivity and improve network security, capacity and performance, while staying well within established power-over-Ethernet (PoE) limits. The new reference design includes the powerful, yet efficient Qualcomm® Internet Processor (IPQ) and the revolutionary features of the Qualcomm® VIVE™ 11ac solutions with MU-MIMO technology, also known as Qualcomm® MU | EFX.
Qualcomm Atheros’ enterprise connectivity platform is receiving support from leading enterprise original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Ruckus Wireless. “The arrival of 802.11ac technology and more powerful, 5 GHz-capable mobile devices, combined with non-stop proliferation of public and private Wi-Fi networks everywhere, will drive the next phase of growth for the enterprise and service provider Wi-Fi markets,” said Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer, Ruckus Wireless. “The new MU-MIMO technology in 802.11ac Wave 2 is critical for injecting more capacity and supporting more concurrent devices in next generation Wi-Fi networks to keep up with relentless mobile usage and traffic growth. Qualcomm Atheros’ leadership and innovations in 802.11ac are integral to advancing Wi-Fi’s capabilities and continued viability in enterprise and service provider networks, and will help us bring powerful, best-in-class Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi solutions to market that will meet the challenges created by ever-growing demand.”
Qualcomm Atheros’ second generation VIVE solutions with Qualcomm MU | EFX technology make Wi-Fi networks up to three times faster—empowering a single AP to serve hundreds of devices with more robust performance than would be possible with previous 11ac products. QCA999x, Qualcomm Atheros’ dual-band, 4-stream 11ac family of solutions, take advantage of new MU-MIMO features to maximize performance for both new and legacy devices on the network.
VIVE solutions also support advanced enterprise features, such as seamless mobility with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™, precise indoor location capabilities and high resolution spectral analysis, while 4.9 GHz and 5/10 MHz bandwidth channels further set the enterprise platform apart. Additionally, Qualcomm Atheros’ power efficient profiles for AP deployments deliver one of the highest performing, lowest power consuming networking solutions on the market to help reduce overall platform OpEx. QCA999x also features high-end Wi-Fi security and supports FIPS Level 2 compliance.
Because today’s high-performance networks require advanced processing capabilities, Qualcomm Atheros’ enterprise platform also includes the robust power of the IPQ806x processor. IPQ-based enterprise APs benefit from a low power profile that supports full-performance 11ac with Qualcomm MU | EFX while staying within PoE budgets – which means that these APs can be powered by standard Ethernet cables. IPQ’s dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm® Krait™ central processing unit (CPU) allows the processor to conserve power with dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, which automatically adjusts CPU frequency and associated voltage based on work load. Additionally, greater power efficiency reduces the amount of heat generated by network equipment to enable smaller, more cost-effective products, eliminating the need for fans and heat-sinks. Qualcomm Krait is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
“The BYOD phenomenon, coupled with a rapid growth of media-rich applications, has accelerated the need for faster connectivity and enterprise-grade security,” said Irvind Ghai, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “The powerhouse combination of the Qualcomm Internet Processor and VIVE with MU | EFX will profoundly improve workplace connectivity and productivity to deliver reliable, always-on access to business-critical information, systems and cloud services.”
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