Broadcom, Quantenna Aim for Faster WiFi
The companies are developing silicon solutions that will speed up wireless networks to handle the onslaught of data growth and video.Broadcom and Quantenna Communications are looking to speed up WiFi wireless networks that are under increasing pressure from the growing use of video, the skyrocketing numbers of connected mobile devices and the rapid increase in data moving across the networks. Broadcom officials on April 15 announced the company's 5G WiFi XStream chip platform, which will include what they said is the industry's first six-stream 802.11ac multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) offering. The new platform is designed to double the performance of current WiFi devices for high-definition streaming and data, and has twice the bandwidth of existing 802.11ac routers and gateways, they said. "With the booming Internet of things ecosystem and demand to wirelessly stream simultaneous HD content on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs, home networks today need a premium performance router that recognizes individual bandwidth requirements for an optimal experience," Rahul Patel, vice president and general manager of wireless connectivity combos for Broadcom, said in a statement. The company's 5G WiFi XStream platform—which is currently sampling and will be in production later this quarter—will offer WiFi data rates up to 3.2 Gigabits per second, officials said. The platform will include Broadcom's Intelligent Quality of Service (IQoS) software, which will be able to identify incoming network traffic and allocate the bandwidth accordingly, giving bandwidth-needy applications like YouTube and Netflix the highest priority over such applications as file downloads. In addition, the company's SmartConnect software will make sure that 802.11ac devices are not forced to share airtime with slower WiFi devices, which will help double the performance of all devices on the network, officials said.
The 5G WiFi XStream platform includes six 802.11ac streams and three 802.11n streams, a five-core "Penta Core" CPU that features two 5GHz radios and one 2.4GHz radio, and automatic separation of 802.11n and 802.11ac WiFi devices into separate frequencies.