Wi-Fi 6/6E enabled 10G fiber gateways and routers

Oct. 13, 2020
Celeno and Cortina to offer a joint platform for designing high-performance 10G GPON gateways and routers.
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Wi-Fi technology expert Celeno Communications and Cortina Access, Inc., a provider of fiber access and carrier-grade gateway platforms, have announced a joint partnership to design high-performance 10G GPON gateways and routers. The joint solution will leverage Celeno's latest Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E (6 GHz band) single chip architecture and Cortina's CA8289 SoC to deliver a complete, pre-integrated reference platform for high-end Wi-Fi 10 Gbps gateways and routers.

"We are excited to collaborate with Cortina and offer our latest generation W-Fi 6 solutions with a leading SoC platform for fiber gateways and routers," comments Lior Weiss, VP marketing and business Development at Celeno. "Cortina's powerful SoC and packet acceleration capabilities enables top-notch wireless gateway solutions suited to the latest high bandwidth services, supporting multi gigabit wireless network in crowded environments and demanding applications such as 4K/8K video streaming and online gaming.

The Celeno CL8000 family offers highly integrated Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax R2) PCIe chip solutions to enable 10Gbps speeds in next generation gateways and routers. The CL8000 chips are based on advanced 14nm foundry geometry for a low power architecture. The company says its CL8000 delivers the best Wi-Fi performance for its size by combining two complete Wi-Fi 6 access point radios into a single 11x11 BGA package and utilizing only one PCIe gen 3.0 interface. The CL8080 can deliver up to 6 Gbps of speed and 8 radio chains of 4x4 2.4GHz and 4x4 5GHz over a dual lane PCIe interface. 

The company notes that a complete tri-band solution, supporting 4x4 MIMO on each band (2.4, 5, 6 GHz) plus a dedicated 4th listening radio, can also be implemented with only CL8080 and CL8066 chips while employing only two PCIe interfaces. The dedicated 4th listening radio enables spectrum analysis, Zero-Wait-DFS, Zero-Wait-CAC, beacon analysis and packet sniffing capabilities for fast and efficient spectrum scanning and channel characterization. Service providers can improve their management capabilities and respond better to their customer needs with this unique quad band solution, adds Celeno. 

For its part, Cortina's CA8289 solution features the company's AnyPON fiber access interface as well as a quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 64-bit CPU operating at up to 1.5 GHz. The company says its embedded Super-Gateway-Architecture enables zero-CPU load on concurrent acceleration of up to 20 Gbps wire-speed network routing, Wi-Fi bridging and hardware VPN.  

The Cortina CA8289 also supports extensive high-speed interfaces such as dual 10 Gbps XFI/USXGMII interfaces for connectivity to multi-gigabit modem or a copper PHY, an integrated XAUI port, multi-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch and PHY, multiple USB 3.0 ports and PCIe ports. With its leading edge architecture design and flexible power save modes, Cortina says its CA8289 is able to operate at a significantly lower power than comparable solutions, with a fan-less design. 

"Celeno's advanced Wi-Fi solution together with Cortina's innovative AnyPON platform provides a complete solution that enables a powerful reference designs for next generation 10GPON gateways and managed routers with up to 10 Gbits/s performance, utilizing the latest Wi-Fi 6 advancements," explains Dr. Stewart Wu, vice president of marketing and business development at Cortina Access. "The combined solution will enable a compact and cost-effective solution, while occupying less PCIe interfaces thus allowing richer and future-proof gateway designs." 

For more information, visit www.celeno.com and www.cortina-access.com.

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