Wi-Fi 6 router available as reference design

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By Peter Clarke

The Wi-Fi 6 router reference design files and prototypes are available now.

The router is based on the Quantenna QSR10GU-AX 8 x 8 MIMO dual-band dual concurrent Wi-Fi 6 chipset coupled with LS1043A 1.6GHz quad-core network processor from NXP Semiconductor. OnSemi completed the acquisition of Quantenna in June 2019 (see On Semi lays $1billion to buy Quantenna).

Wi-Fi 6 is intended to address the demand for 4K video streaming, online gaming and connecting smart home products. As well as supporting the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard the Spartan router comes with design support, including hardware design files and a software development kit, as well as industrial design files.

The design supports dual-band, dual concurrent mode with 8 x 8 MIMO at 5GHz plus 4 x 4 MIMO at 2.4GHz 12-stream operation. It comes with 2.5G Ethernet WAN & LAN ports, a built-in near-field communication reader for easy Wi-Fi pairing. Other features include transmit beamforming, 1024-QAM, and target wake time (TWT). The reference design includes support for third-party applications such as motion detection, channel state information (CSI) and Radio Frequency (RF) sensing.

Related links and articles:

Wi-Fi 6 Industry Impact Report

News articles:

On Semi lays $1billion to buy Quantenna

Celeno turns Wi-Fi into location, imaging system

NXP is buying Marvell’s Wi-Fi business for $1.76 billion


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