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Qualcomm unveils pre-standard 802.11ax silicon

There is a pattern in the advanced WiFi chip industry, in which start-up Quantenna makes an early move towards a new standard, and Qualcomm follows hard on its heels. In October, Quantenna unveiled the first access point platform to support the upcoming 802.11ax standard, which will sample to early access partners during this quarter. Now Qualcomm says it has gone one better with an end-to-end 11ax offering. The latest WiFi standard will not be finalized until later this year so these early products are based on draft 1.0 of the IEEE specifications. This is common practice in the WiFi industry, with some chipmakers wanting to be ready to pounce as soon as the market starts to become real – which…

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