Airgain joins with Quantenna on Wi-Fi 6 reference design to enable swift development of high performance IEEE 802.11ax devices

Airgain Inc., provider of advanced antenna technologies, enabling high performance wireless networking across a range of devices and markets, including connected home, enterprise, automotive, and Internet of Things (IoT), announced on Tuesday development of a Wi-Fi 6 reference design with Quantenna Communications, incorporating Airgain’s Wi-Fi 6 antenna solution and Quantenna’s high-performance Wi-Fi 6 chipset, the QSR10GU-AX PLUS.

The Quantenna-based reference design leverages Quantenna’s QSR10GU-AX PLUS chipset with adaptive MIMO capability, a unique feature that enables dynamic switching between 8×8 MIMO and dual 4×4 MIMO in the 5GHz band. This feature provides end users with the best possible MIMO configuration, tailored to each individual environment. The QSR10GU-AX PLUS also supports advanced MU-MIMO and SuperTx capabilities, providing significant performance gains with both legacy and new Wi-Fi 6 clients.

Combining design-led thinking with testing and development, Airgain works in partnership with the entire ecosystem, including carriers, chipset suppliers, OEMs, and ODMs. Airgain’s antennas are deployed in carrier, fleet, enterprise, residential, private, government, and public safety wireless networks and systems, including set-top boxes, access points, routers, modems, gateways, media adapters, portables, digital televisions, sensors, fleet, and asset tracking devices.

Airgain is headquartered in San Diego, California, and maintains design and test centers in the U.S., U.K., and China.

“With the increases in RF system complexity that are needed to get the most performance out of Wi-Fi 6, system designers face much longer design cycles unless they can tap into existing RF integration expertise,” said Jacob Suen, senior vice president at Airgain. “This reference design puts Quantenna’s market-leading chipset, and Airgain’s Wi-Fi 6 antenna technology together with our combined know-how of how to get the best real-world performance out of the technology. It should be a win-win for early adopters who can leverage the reference design to get to market faster and with better system performance.”

“With the explosion in the number of new Wi-Fi devices, and demanding applications such as online gaming and 4K video streaming, there is an increasing demand for higher bandwidth and superior network performance, both addressed by our advanced Wi-Fi 6 products,” said Shrinath Keskar, vice president, north America sales at Quantenna. “We have worked with the Airgain team on multiple reference designs and OTA performance for a long time. Their expertise in those areas, combined with their early adopter experience in Wi-Fi 6 antenna integration, made them the preferred choice for collaboration on this new design.”

Airgain’s latest innovations, including new Wi-Fi 6 connectivity solutions, will be on display during the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 8th through 11th in Las Vegas, NV.


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