Marvell pushes WiFi technology with 802.11ax devices

December 11, 2017 Rich Nass

One thing that seems to be a sure bet is that the 802.11 standard, aka WiFi, will continue to march on to higher performance and robustness. That’s exactly the case with the 802.11ax flavor, which is now hitting its stride with the introduction of silicon solutions. To that end, Marvell recently introduced what it is claiming to be the industry’s most complete 802.11ax wireless product portfolio, which includes a full MU-MIMO and OFDMA uplink and downlink.

Initially aimed at dense deployments and crowded public venues like airports, stadiums and shopping malls, it’s fair to say that the average home is quickly becoming a dense environment in its own right.  Hence the need for the 802.11ax standard, which offers full backward compatibility with existing versions.

The Marvell wireless system-on-chips (SoCs) offer multi-gigabit peak speeds, precision location, cloud management, best-in-class beamforming, and integrated Bluetooth 5 technology. The new additions to the family are the 88W9068, 88W9064, and 88W9064S devices.

The 88W9068 is optimized for premium enterprise and retail access points, carrier gateways and fixed wireless services. Its key features include: an eight-by-eight, eight-spatial stream device with 5-GHz support. The 88W9064 is aimed at mainstream enterprise, as well as retail access points and carrier gateways and fixed wireless services. It offers four-by-four, four-spatial stream device with 5/2.4-GHz support. And finally, the 88W9064S is for the service provider and OTT set-top box markets, with two-by-four, two-spatial stream device with 5/2.4-GHz support. All three parts offer 1024 QAM, off-channel spectrum scanning, dedicated in-service monitoring, and precision location.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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