Qualcomm launches MU-MIMO for Wi-Fi

Qualcomm today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros is delivering the first Qualcomm VIVE 4-stream 802.11ac solutions with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) to greatly improve Wi-Fi performance for the growing number of connected devices.

Enhanced with Qualcomm Atheros’ innovative algorithm-based technology, the new solutions offer two to three times more network capacity and are designed to optimize the way Wi-Fi devices are served to make the most of that additional capacity.

MU-MIMO is a revolutionary new way for Wi-Fi networks to operate. With standard Wi-Fi, clients are served sequentially; during this time, only one device is sending and receiving information, thus only a small portion of network capacity is being used. The accumulation of these sequential events creates a drop in throughput and capacity as more devices join the network.

This situation can be further exacerbated when combined with the growing amount of on-demand high resolution video content. MU-MIMO enables simultaneous transmission to groups of clients, making more efficient use of available Wi-Fi network capacity and speeding up transmissions.

“Great connectivity is not just about increasing the absolute speed. It’s about making better use of network and airtime efficiency to support the growing number of connected devices, services and applications,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president, Qualcomm Atheros.

“The ever-increasing number of connected devices in homes and businesses require sufficient bandwidth to provide the best experience for users,” said Patrick Lo, chief executive officer, NETGEAR.

“MU-MIMO, as the next logical step in the 802.11ac evolution, fulfills this need, and Qualcomm Atheros’ early provisioning of this technology is timely,” added Patrick.

In order to extract the maximum benefits of MU-MIMO, it must be used on both sides of the connection. To accelerate the benefits of MU-MIMO for more Wi-Fi users, Qualcomm Atheros is providing a complete ecosystem of solutions for networking products, as well as smartphones, tablets, computers, consumer electronics and automobiles.

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