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Date: 03-03-13

Tri-band reference design combines 802.11ac and 802.11ad wireless capabilities

Qualcomm Atheros and Wilocity have jointly offering tri-band reference design that combines 802.11ac and 802.11ad wireless capabilities on a single module. Based on Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Wilocity 802.11ad WiGig wireless technologies, the reference design delivers tri-band Wi-Fi, which allows consumers to connect to 60GHz-enabled devices, docks, displays and storage at multi-gigabit speeds, while maintaining enterprise-wide or whole home coverage with 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi.

Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac and 802.11ad standard enables multi-gigabit networking, data syncing, and video and audio streaming. The latest generation tri-band wireless networking card is to be available in two options: the QCA9006NFC next-generation form factor (NGFF) and the QCA9006WBD half-mini card (HMC) specification.

“We are pleased to offer the next generation tri-band solution that brings the industry’s first combination of Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac and the newly ratified 802.11ad capabilities together on one card,” said Vivek Gupta, vice president of computing, Qualcomm Atheros. “This latest solution opens the door for consumer electronics manufacturers to integrate the technology on platforms ranging from HDTVs and gaming consoles to notebooks. As a result, end users can now enjoy the speed, improved reliability and range of 802.11ac with the multi-gigabit, in-room input/output and networking achieved through 802.11ad.”

The release of this latest tri-band solution exemplifies Qualcomm Atheros’ and Wilocity’s continued strategy of bringing greater connectivity to devices.

“We are delighted to continue our work with Qualcomm Atheros to deliver innovative 802.11ad solutions, which work side-by-side with 802.11ac Wi-Fi,” said Mark Grodzinsky, vice president of marketing, Wilocity. “With this tri-band card offering the class of legacy and 60GHz bands, customers will be ensured they are always ‘best connected.’”

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