Tri-band reference design features both 802.11ac and 802.11ad technology

January 09, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Qualcomm Incorporated has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., and Wilocity, a leading developer of 60 GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipsets, claims to have launched the first tri-band reference design that combines 802.11ac and 802.11ad wireless capabilities on a single module.

Based on Qualcomm VIVE™ 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Wilocity 802.11ad WiGig™ wireless technologies, the reference design delivers tri-band Wi-Fi, which allows consumers to connect to 60 GHz-enabled devices, docks, displays and storage at multi-gigabit speeds, while maintaining enterprise-wide or whole home coverage with 2.4-GHz/5-GHz Wi-Fi.

Building on the success of the QCA9005 tri-band wireless solution, the latest generation tri-band wireless networking card takes advantage of the new Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac combined with the recently ratified 802.11ad standard that enables multi-gigabit networking, data syncing, and video and audio streaming, while maintaining its wireless bus extension docking capabilities.

By integrating a solution that combines whole home, gigabit-class Wi-Fi with in-room, multi-gigabit connectivity into their devices, equipment manufacturers will benefit from the ultra-high speed this newest solution offers. The latest generation tri-band wireless networking card will be available in two options: the QCA9006NFC next-generation form factor (NGFF) and the QCA9006WBD half-mini card (HMC) specification.