Qualcomm and New H3C Ship 802.11AC Enterprise Access Point

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Jul 4, 2018
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Last week, at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Tsinghua Unigroup Subsidiary New H3C (New H3C), announced the availability of the H3C WA6628, an 802.11ax enterprise grade Access Point (AP), based on Qualcomm Technologies’ IPQ8078 802.11ax chipset. This new solution is designed to offer one of the fastest throughput rates for an enterprise AP, by supporting 12 stream channels that serve data to up to 1000 client devices simultaneously. The WA6628 is targeted to begin shipping to customers in September 2018.

Qualcomm Adds New Enterprise Access Point To Lineup

Qualcomm Technologies’ IPQ8078 chipset is based on a powerful networking platform that supports up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) wide-area networks and up to 6 Gbps peak physical (PHY) layer rates on Wi-Fi. The WA6628 makes full use of IPQ8078 capabilities, with a 10G Ethernet port and built-in Bluetooth. WA6628 can improve wireless network transmission rates by at least three times more than the mainstream 11ac Wave 2 AP.

The entire IPQ807x family of chipsets, which includes the industry’s first commercially available 14 nanometer 11ax Wi-Fi system on chip (SoC), is designed to improve the connectivity experience for all users utilizing the following key 802.11ax features:

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  • 8×8 MU-MIMO doubles the number of devices which can be concurrently served versus the previous generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac
  • OFDMA enables the network to more efficiently handle multiple simultaneous data streams
  • Scheduling features control traffic on crowded Wi-Fi networks

Each of these features will play a crucial role in reducing deployment cost for high-density environments, as well as the number of access points needed for deployment. The advanced 8×8 sounding capabilities in the solution will provide up to 2x increase in network capacity when compared to other devices only supporting 4×4 sounding. 8×8 MU-MIMO is a key feature that will also accentuate the 8×8 sounding capabilities in products based on Qualcomm Technologies’ new WCN3998 11ax solution for client devices. The solution also supports the Wi-Fi Alliance’s third generation security suite, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3), their latest and most secure protocol provides robust protection of user passwords and stronger privacy in both public and private Wi-Fi networks.

“Qualcomm Technologies has a history of technology leadership and is a driving force in the industry’s transition to 11ax, enabling our customers to innovate and deliver excellent Wi-Fi experiences to their end customers. “We are thrilled to be working with the New H3C to bring powerful solutions to market, based on our 802.11ax solution, that deliver the network capacity enterprises require to support more devices and users today and into the future.”

Irvind Ghai – Vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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