Wi-Fi 802.11ac silicon IP targets mobile appliances

December 03, 2012 // By Julien Happich
RivieraWaves announced the IEEE Wi-Fi 11n certification of its new scalable Wi-Fi 802.11ac silicon IP, available in a broad range of configurations.

The IP supports 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications, single or multiple MIMO (Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) streams, and up to four transmit and receive antennas. In its simplest 1x1 configuration, the IP is optimized for wireless sensors and many Internet of Things (IoT) applications requiring low power consumption. For more complex MIMO configurations, the IP can achieve optimized throughput close to the maximum theoretical values, and is suitable for applications such as smart phones, tablets, computers, digital TVs and set-top boxes. Thanks to the increased bandwidth and more complex modulation, 802.11ac devices can achieve throughputs of around three times those of 802.11n devices. Other benefits of 802.11ac are better range and improved reliability, in particular for better gaming experiences and high-definition (HD) video streaming.

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