Qualcomm unveils pre-standard 802.11ax silicon

There is a pattern in the advanced WiFi chip industry, in which start-up Quantenna makes an early move towards a new standard, and Qualcomm follows hard on its heels. In October, Quantenna unveiled the first access point platform to support the upcoming 802.11ax standard, which will sample to early access partners during this quarter. […]

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Why we don’t think SON and WiFi have a great future together

Last week both Qualcomm and Quantenna have used the word SON, a convenient acronym stolen from LTE, in conjunction with WiFi. In our view, it is a misnomer and SON (self-organizing/optimizing network) should be left firmly in the cellular camp.

Quantenna has used this as its answer to total home connectivity, calling its software framework […]

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Qualcomm 60 GHz WiFi gamble is like an election – too close to call

If 60 GHz WiFi ever takes off, Qualcomm will find itself in one hell of a lead. And Qualcomm talked up this possibility at a webinar held last week by WiFi supremo, Mark Grodzinsky, Senior Director of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies. There has been little news since Qualcomm added a bunch of features at […]

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Quantenna to raise $100m in long-awaited IPO, launches 802.11ax

The IPO for WiFi chipmaker Quantenna has been a long time coming and there were times when we did not think it would get there, believing that a cash burn which sent it headlong into a $79 million deal with a Russian bank in 2012, might mean that other funders were too shy to take […]

By |October 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

AirTies can finally talk openly about Sky-Q hybrid mesh

Bulent Celebi, the ebullient chairman of AirTies Wireless Networks, has been talking to us about proprietary mesh networks and powerline as a spare backhaul option in WiFi for so long, that it’s hard to imagine that we have never written about it. But it has taken this long for someone to buy into the […]

By |January 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Telefonica and Liberty take new approach to WiFi gateways

Fixed-line operators are increasingly using WiFi as a killer weapon to extend their multiplay bundles into wireless, and that means the WiFi-enabled home gateway is becoming a source of competitive differentiation. This has been seen especially in the US, but now it seems that Telefonica has taken the same approach as Comcast or Liberty […]

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Quantenna 8×8 chips aims at the world

Quantenna believes it has leveraged its lead in WiFi chipset design to open up a retail and an enterprise market for its chips. But more than anything, it’s new 8×8 MU-MIMO chip pushes its design lead in operator supplied set tops and home gateways – beyond the reach of Broadcom and Qualcomm-Atheros for the […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Chip majors on the prowl for WiGig

Deploying WiFi in 60GHz spectrum was once seen as a niche option, but the emerging WiGig technology is heading for the mainstream, supporting multi-gigabit connectivity between smartphones and TVs, or PCs and peripherals, not to mention small cell backhaul. The increasing usefulness of WiGig, especially when pressure starts to mount on 5GHz spectrum, will […]