25 January 2018
Skyworks collaborating with Broadcom on 802.11ax Max WiFi platforms
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Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) says that its new portfolio of 802.11ax wireless connectivity solutions is being leveraged by Broadcom Ltd in its recently launched Max WiFi reference platforms.
Skyworks’ modules integrate high-power transmit and low-noise receive amplification with precision switch capability in an ultra-compact form factor that, when paired with a modem, incorporate all the essential functionality between the system-on-chip (SoC) and the antenna. Specifically, Skyworks’ 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz 802.11ax modules and Broadcom’s Max WiFi solutions provide four times faster download speeds, six times faster upload speeds, enhanced coverage and up to seven times longer battery life compared with 802.11ac Wi-Fi products available on the market currently, it is reckoned.
“This strategic partnership gives our customers a unique opportunity to deliver best-in-class wireless experiences for consumers across many new markets spanning multimedia streaming, autonomous cars and augmented/virtual reality,” says David Stasey, VP & general manager of diversified analog solutions for Skyworks.
Next-generation 802.11ax devices have been widely adopted across the consumer electronics industry, as companies throughout the ecosystem begin developing solutions and products in support of the new standard. End applications for the Max WiFi modules include Wi-Fi routers, residential gateways, enterprise access points, and client devices. One of the key benefits of the 802.11ax standard is that it allows for a more robust and dedicated connection with data-intensive applications such as 4K TV, particularly when multiple users are streaming Wi-Fi simultaneously.
According to market analyst firm ABI Research, 802.11ax devices will account for 57% of Wi-Fi chipsets by 2021.