CES – Las Vegas — Marvell has claimed the industry’s first 802.11ac Wave-2 4×4 processor, the Marvell Avastar 88W8964, featuring 160 MHz bandwidth and multi-user, multiple input and multiple output (MU-MIMO) support. With built-in 802.11ac 160 MHz support, the new chip achieves 2.6 Gbps peak data rate making it suitable for high speed enterprise access points and smart gateways.
Compared to 802.11n, 802.11ac offers a greater than five-fold increase in Wi-Fi throughput and three times the power efficiency when processing high-speed loads, said the company. Marvell also noted the Wave-2 4×4 SoC configuration is the baseline architecture for best-of-breed enterprise, retail and service provider network infrastructures for reliable delivery and distribution of 4K Ultra HD multimedia content.
Key features include:
- 802.11ac Wave-2 with 160 MHz Bandwidth and MU-MIMO
- Beamforming, a specialized method of radio-frequency transmission that can be integrated across a range of devices from access points to laptops and smartphones
- 802.11mc precision location capability
- Spectrum Intelligence to enhance user experience and reduce customer service costs of service providers
- Wi-Fi offload engine, freeing up host CPU resources for service provider’s applications
- Low Density Parity Check (LDPC), which enables low latency, high throughput connections
At the same time, Marvell introduced the AP3200 Reference Platform that combines the ARMADA and Avastar product lines and integrates dual concurrent 802.11 radios (4×4 802.11ac Wave-2 with 160-MHz support and MU-MIMO and 4×4 802.11n with 256 QAM support) for next-generation enterprise and home connectivity applications. The reference platform is comprised of a highly integrated dual core SoC and Marvell’s new 88W8964.
Marvell will be demonstrating its wireless solutions at CES 2015 in Marvell’s suite, Level 3, Murano 3304, at The Venetian.