Channel emulation for IEEE 802.11ac spans full 160 MHz bandwidth

November 21, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Anite claims, with the Propsim F8, to have the first 802.11ac (Wi-Fi) capable channel emulation solutions with continuous 160 MHz bandwidth support, allowing chipset manufacturers to speed up the development of next generation Wi-Fi equipment.

With 802.11ac phase two, multiple users can access Wi-Fi networks at speeds comparable to wired networks; phase two 802.11ac supports 160 MHz bandwidths and 80+80 Mhz bandwidths and is expected to provide speeds of 3 Gbps; Anite says its Propsim is currently the only channel emulator that provides continuous 160MHz bandwidth support for 802.11ac testing.

Wi-Fi chipset, device and infrastructure manufacturers, Anite adds, already use its Propsim 802.11ac Testing Tools to verify the performance of their 802.11ac Phase one products. These Wi-Fi products support bandwidths of up to 80 MHz, resulting in data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps. Phase two of the 802.11ac standard supports both 160 MHz continuous and 80+80 MHz bandwidths and is expected to provide data rates of more than 3 Gbps.

Propsim is currently the only radio channel emulator that provides continuous 160 MHz bandwidth support for 802.11ac testing. This capability enables wireless equipment manufacturers to verify higher data rates as well as implement advanced 802.11ac features such as multi-user MIMO and beam-forming.

Anite; www.anite.com/propsim/80211-testing-tools