11 Dec 2017

Marvell Announces 802.11ax Wireless Portfolio

Company sets new industry benchmarks for speed and coverage and delivers first complete 802.11ax feature set allowing a full MU-MIMO and OFDMA uplink and downlink, multi-gigabit connections, peak network efficiency and lowest latency

Storage, networking and connectivity semiconductor solutions supplier, Marvell has launched its 802.11ax wireless product portfolio.

With IEEE 802.11ax Wi-Fi set to provide major improvements in Wi-Fi performance, chips are now starting to come onto the market. 802.11ax is expected to provide a speed increase of four-fold over 802.11ac and with ever larger files being transferred, this will enable the user to see better performance.

It is anticipated the average household is likely to have up to 50 connected devices by 2020. Accordingly major technology advancements are needed to better support the increased use of Wi-Fi.

The new Marvell wireless system-on-chips (SoCs) have a very complete implementation of 802.11ax providing MU-MIMO and OFDMA in the uplink and downlink, together with multi-gigabit peak speeds, precision location, cloud management, best-in-class beam-forming and integrated Bluetooth 5 technology.

“Wi-Fi technology must scale dramatically to meet the rapidly growing bandwidth and quality demands of the modern home, enterprise and connected car. Marvell contributed extensively to the 802.11ax specification and is now introducing 802.11ax family of products that include the industry’s most complete feature set and highest performance. Our newly announced 802.11ax family delivers consistent performance, offers our customers unprecedented solution flexibility and state-of-the-art technologies for precision location and integrated Bluetooth 5,” said Mark Montierth, vice president and general manager of the Wireless Connectivity Business Unit at Marvell.

Marvell’s 802.11ax portfolio announced today consists of 88W9068, 88W9064 and 88W9064S.

88W9068 is optimized for premium enterprise and retail access points, carrier gateways and fixed wireless services. Key features include:

  • 8x8, 8-spatial stream device with 5-GHz support

  • Downlink and uplink OFDMA

  • Downlink and uplink MU-MIMO

  • 1024 QAM

  • Off-channel spectrum scanning

  • Dedicated in-service monitoring

  • Precision location

88W9064 is optimized for mainstream enterprise and retail access points, carrier gateways and fixed wireless services. Key features include:

  • 4x4, 4-spatial stream device with 5/2.4-GHz support

  • Downlink and uplink OFDMA

  • Downlink and uplink MU-MIMO

  • 1024 QAM

  • Off-channel spectrum scanning

  • Dedicated in-service monitoring

  • Precision location

  • Integrated Bluetooth 5

88W9064S is optimized for the service provider and OTT set-top box markets. Key features include:

  • 2x4, 2-spatial stream device with 5/2.4-GHz support

  • Downlink and uplink OFDMA

  • Downlink MU-MIMO

  • 1024 QAM

  • Off-channel spectrum scanning

  • Dedicated in-service monitoring

  • Precision location

  • Integrated Bluetooth 5

The family of chips can be used in a variety of different applications from enterprise through to broadband and set top boxes. The additional Bluetooth 5 and position location provide additional capabilities that can be used to great benefit in many instances.

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