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Wi-Fi Expands with .11ax at CES

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Kevin Krewell
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Re: Congratulations Kevin -- Re: Qualcomm announcement
Kevin Krewell   2/13/2017 7:01:15 PM
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The IPQ8074 is FC BGA. I don't know about the QCA6290, but likely the same.

I don't track market numbers for the access points/routers, so I can't help you there. Sorry.

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Congratulations Kevin -- Re: Qualcomm announcement
sranje   2/13/2017 6:51:42 PM
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Thanks Kevin.

So the "end-to-end" here means IPQ8074 SoC for infrastructure (presumably access points / routers) and QCA6290 for client devices

  -- How is each device packaged -- are these flip-chips or in wire-bond packages?

Also, what is the annual global (or USA) shipment of access points (or routers)

  -- I presume the main market are residential routers / gateways - correct?

Once again, congratulations and many thanks in advance for your kind clarifications

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How do 11n devices benefit?
vd2014   2/13/2017 6:19:09 PM
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"In the meantime, the 8x8 MU MIMO antennas will be the primary method for improving capacity management. These arrays will benefit .11ac Wave-2 and other legacy devices, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of .11ax networks even during the ramp up of .11ax devices."

Can you please elaborate on this? How does this benefit legacy devices (for instance - 11n devices)? 

 

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Qualcomm announcement
Kevin Krewell   2/13/2017 5:27:26 PM
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Well, I missed by just 5 weeks. Today Qualcomm announced it's 802.11ax chips. As the press release puts it: "an end-to-end 802.11ax portfolio, which includes the IPQ8074 system-on-chip (SoC) for network infrastructure and QCA6290 solution for client devices, making Qualcomm Technologies the first company to announce end-to-end commercial solutions to support 802.11ax."

Technically, the chips are compliant with the 802.11ax draft specifiication and are expected to sample sometime in the first half of this year. We could see product by the end of the year. The product microsite is here:

https://www.qualcomm.com/products/features/80211ax 

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