Chipset offers MIMO support for 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E

April 27, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
Chipset offers MIMO support for 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E
On Semiconductor (Chandler, Ariz.) has released the QCS-AX2 chipset family to support the 6GHz spectrum band based on the enhanced Wi-Fi 6E standard.

The chipset is designed for use in access points, gateways, and mesh networking solutions for dense environments and underserved areas.

The QCS-AX2 series is built on an integrated baseband and RF architecture that supports such Wi-Fi 6E features as: orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), advanced MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multi-Input, Multi-Output), and 160MHz channel bandwidth and SmartScan channel selection for maximum band utilization. The new product portfolio will include the following:

QCS-AX2-A12: tri-band (6GHz/5GHz/2.4GHz) with AdaptivMIMO technology supports 8x8 or 4x4 configurations

QCS-AX2-T12: tri-band concurrent 4x4 operation for high performance, cost-effective router solutions

QCS-AX2-T8: tri-band concurrent 8-stream configurations for mesh nodes and mainstream access points

The 6GHz band offers almost five times the bandwidth of the current 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands combined. Wi-Fi infrastructure devices, such as gateways, routers, and access points will need to continue to support existing dual band (2.4GHz/5GHz) clients; infrastructure applications such as 6GHz backhaul between gateways and mesh nodes are likely to lead deployments, On Semi said.

The QCS-AX2 family is now sampling.

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www.onsemi.com

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