Quantenna's MU-MIMO chipset to drive new 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices

Jan. 8, 2014
The QSR1000 will initially enable 802.11ac wireless broadband capabilities for the Asus RT-AC87U, a 2nd generation 802.11ac home router.

At the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Wi-Fi networking specialist Quantenna Communications and Asus announced that Quantenna’s QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset will power the Asus RT-AC87U, a 2nd generation 802.11ac home router.

“With the increasing number of bandwidth-intensive activities occurring at once in the average home, consumers put great value in knowing that their Wi-Fi will deliver the wire-like reliability they need,” comments Dr. Sam Heidari, CEO of Quantenna. “We are pleased to partner with Asus to bring the first 802.11ac wave 2 home router to market.”

The Asus RT-AC87U employs Quantenna’s 4x4 MU-MIMO chipset to deliver up to 7 Gbps data throughput speed for the 5 GHz band. Additionally, Quantenna says its superior digital beamforming technology will ensure whole home coverage when streaming rich multimedia, giving consumers the best Wi-Fi experience available.

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“Our customers value high-performance Wi-Fi and know the impact a reliable wireless connection has on their ability to stream bandwidth-intensive data, including video content,” remarks Tenlong Deng, associate vice president of the Networking & Wireless Devices business unit for Asus. “As wireless devices in the home continue to increase and consumers’ reliance on keeping connected at all times to live their daily lives is the norm, the importance people are putting on a great Wi-Fi experience is vastly elevated. That’s why we are so pleased to create this latest flagship router product with Quantenna.”

Quantenna says the QSR1000 chipset will ultimately enable best-in-class wireless broadband capabilities for a host of bandwidth-intensive retail and consumer electronics applications, including wireless routers, access points, and high-end consumer electronics devices.

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