Duo deliver 802.11ax Max WiFi reference platforms

29th January 2018
Alice Matthews

Skyworks has announced that its new portfolio of 802.11ax wireless connectivity solutions are being leveraged by Broadcom in its recently launched Max WiFi reference platforms. Skyworks’ innovative 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’ 2.4 and 5.0 GHz 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 when compared to 802.11ac WiFi products available in the market today.

“Skyworks is excited to be collaborating with Broadcom to combine our advanced connectivity engines with their sixth generation WiFi devices,” said David Stasey, Vice President and General Manager of diversified analogue solutions for Skyworks. “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.”

Next-gen 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 WiFi 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 WiFi simultaneously.

According to ABI Research, 802.11ax devices will account for 57% of WiFi chipsets by 2021.

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