Qualcomm announces smart gateway chip

Qualcomm at CES 2015
Wireless chip major Qualcomm today announced smart gateway system-on-chip (SoC) with support for dual band simultaneous (DBS) transmission and LTE backhaul.

The IPQ40x8/x9 SoC, which is sampling to key customers for mass production in the first quarter of 2016, will incorporate Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ), Qualcomm VIVE with Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology, built-in Gigabit Ethernet and Qualcomm StreamBoost.

The smart gateway will be the basis for applications and services, including home routers, enterprise access points, hotspots, carrier LTE gateways and range extenders.

Qualcomm said that the IPQ40x8/x9 integrates two 2×2 radios capable of up to 1.73 Gbps maximum PHY rate, a quad-core ARM CPU and a Gigabit Ethernet switch onto the same silicon chip.

This is the industry’s first fully integrated Wave 2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi solution, said Qualcomm in a statement.

The IPQ40x8/x9 solution enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring 11ac benefits to mainstream segments. IPQ40x8/x9 has the flexibility to configure its radios for traditional 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual band simultaneous operation, or both configured to 5 GHz band for single-band simultaneous or range extender operation.

Platforms based on the IPQ40x8/x9 are configurable with USB3.0, PCIe, SD/eMMC, Ethernet and LTE interfaces, making them suitable for a number of use cases, including smart home gateways and Internet-of-Everything hubs, to residential consumer premises equipment (CPE), to Wi-Fi backhaul equipment, to LTE gateways.

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