802.11ax Wi-Fi Ecosystem Taking Shape but Challenges Ahead

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By Andrew Zignani | 1Q 2018 | IN-5058

 

Qualcomm Announces Integrated 802.11ax Ready Solution for Smartphones

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The race to IEEE 802.11ax Wi-Fi is on. Qualcomm’s recently unveiled WCN3998 solution is the latest addition to a growing number of pre-standard or 802.11ax “ready” chipsets hitting the market, following on from previous announcements by Qualcomm, Broadcom, Marvell, Quantenna, Intel and Celeno, that have predominantly targeted the access point space. Some of these access point chipsets are already being supported in commercial networking products, with the likes of ASUS, D-Link, H3C and Huawei having already introduced early 802.11ax ready access point and gateways to the market. 

Qualcomm’s new WCN3998 solution is the most recent to target the smartphone arena, following in the footsteps of Broadcom’s BCM4375 chipset announced in August 2017. While the standard is not expected to be completed until late 2019, Wi-Fi chipset vendors are keen to bring some of the major 802.11ax features to OEMs ahead of the ratification, ensuring a smooth and swift rollout of th…

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