LitePoint announced Monday that Quantenna Communications has chosen LitePoint’s IQxel-MW for calibration and verification of Quantenna’s new 802.11ac Wave 3 chipsets. Their users can achieve improved wireless performance on the QSR10G chipset platform by calibrating and verifying chip performance with LitePoint’s IQxel-MW test system with IQfact+ test software. This combination enables fast manufacturing product ramps avoiding lengthy test development and debugging cycles.
The IQxel-MW is the newest member of LitePoint’s IQxel line of test systems. The IQxel-MW is designed to meet the demanding performance needs of the latest version of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, plus the upcoming 802.11ax standard. Quantenna chose the IQxel-MW for its 8×8 MIMO capabilities and performance to cover the latest requirements of their 802.11ac Wave 3 product family.
The LitePoint IQxel-MW ideal for both R&D and high-volume production delivers high performance verification for wireless connectivity standards including 802.11, Bluetooth, DECT and ZigBee. Additionally, IQxel-MW offers high efficiency parallel testing for up to 16 devices.
As 802.11ac and 802.11ax technologies are adopted by device makers, product requirements are becoming more complicated, leading to complex test setups. IQxel-
MW is equipped with new features that simplify production testing and lower production costs. The IQxel-MW series is available in three configurations, 2 ports, 8 ports and 16 ports, which support up to 2×2 and 4×4 true MIMO testing. This can be extended to true 8×8 MIMO testing by stacking multiple testers.
802.11ax is here and will be very popular with consumers. However, the inherent complexity of the technology will lead to more stringent hardware specifications with higher modulation and higher EVM requirements. To accommodate the requirements of 802.11ax, the IQxel-MW provides high EVM performance at 160MHz bandwidth. The superior performance eliminates measurement uncertainty and gives complete device performance.
The integrated front-end of the IQxel-MW covers all 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax test configurations, including 80, 160, 80+80 MHz, dual-band concurrent, and implicit beamforming on a single antenna, without the need for external components. This front-end design gives flexibility in setting up production line while lowering overall production costs.
“Consumers are in a constant search for stronger and more stable connections for their Wi-Fi enabled devices. 802.11ac and 802.11ax will enable a huge improvement on both fronts. If you’ve been in an airport, café, or other setting where you’re showing a strong Wi-Fi signal, but can’t get or hold a stable Wi-Fi connection, these advances will make those frustrations a thing of the past. We’re very excited to be working with Quantenna on these new innovations in wireless,” said Brad Robbins, President of LitePoint.
Quantenna recommends the IQxel-MW to their customers for calibrating and verifying the Quantenna 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi family of chipsets.
“We have been working with LitePoint for many years on their IQfact+ software solutions that enable LitePoint testers to perform tests on Quantenna chipsets right out of the box— no programming required. We are often first to market with new technologies like 4×4 802.11ac and 8×8 802.11ac. Time to market is vital to our customers. Having the IQxel-MW ready to go when our new solutions came out was critical,” said Dr. Sam Heidari, CEO of Quantenna.