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Monday, October 22, 2018

Qualcomm launches 60GHz 802.11ay chipset

By Nick Flaherty

Qualcomm Technologies has launched a family of 60GHz Wi-Fi chipsets, the QCA64x8 and QCA64x1, providing 10+ gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network speeds and wire-equivalent latency as well as sensing applications like proximity and presence detection, gesture recognition, room mapping with precise location and improved facial feature detection. 
Qualcomm Technologies is the first-to-market with a 60GHz Wi-Fi solution with optimizations based on the 802.11ay specification. Although the 60GHz has a limited range, the chips include always-on ambient Wi-Fi sensing capabilities, enabling devices to identify people, objects, movements and precise location without being affected by light conditions. Networking and mobile devices alike can take advantage of these new Wi-Fi sensing features to provide new and differentiated experiences to end users. 

“mmWave holds enormous potential to support a new class of user experiences, and Qualcomm Technologies is leading the charge with both its Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family and unlicensed 60GHz Wi-Fi mmWave solution,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity and networking at Qualcomm Technologies. “Our 11ay solutions were developed with the flexibility to support a broad ecosystem of smartphone, router or fixed wireless access platforms and provides the industry with the critical building blocks needed to take connectivity performance to the next level.”

The QCA6438 and QCA6428 are aimed at infrastructure and fixed wireless access, and the QCA6421 and QCA6431 at mobile applications. Facebook’s Terragraph technology is using the QCA6438 and QCA6428 chipsets for a multimode wireless access point. 

“We are excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to develop 60 GHz solutions based on Facebook’s Terragraph technology and Qualcomm Technologies’ chipsets,” said Anuj Madan, Product Manager at Facebook. “By enabling service providers to offer high-quality internet connectivity in dense urban and suburban areas, this collaboration supports our work to bring more people online to a faster internet.”
“As consumers all around the world are increasingly relying on mobile devices to power their gaming and entertainment activities, they expect seamless experiences powered by unrivalled speed and ultra-low-latency,” said Bryan Chang, General Manager of ASUS Mobile Business Unit. “Our latest line of Republic of Gamers (ROG) mobile devices are designed specifically to meet these high-performance mobile gaming needs while leveraging Qualcomm Technologies’ existing 60GHz Wi-Fi solutions. We are happy to see Qualcomm Technologies continue their innovation on 60GHz Wi-Fi technology.”

The QCA64x8 and QCA64x1 are available today and we will bring you details of the mobile chips when we have them.

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