Qualcomm Atheros has announced new MU-MIMO, HomePlug AV2 and G.Fast chipsets.
The Qualcomm Internet Processor IPQ40x8/x9 is based on Qualcomm's next-generation quad-core ARM-based Internet Processor core, supporting USB3.0, PCIe, SD/eMMC, Ethernet and LTE interfaces.
The SoC also integrates two 2x2 802.11ac radios capable of up to 1.73 Gbps total maximum PHY rate and Gigabit Ethernet switch. The two radios can be configured for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual band simultaneous operation, or both configured to 5 GHz for single-band simultaneous or range extender operation.
The IPQ40x8/x9 is sampling to key customers now and is expected to be in mass production in first quarter 2016.
The company also announced a low-cost HomePlug AV2 reference design. The PL42 uses QCA's QCA7500 HomePlug AV2 MIMO chipset, supporting a 1.5 Gbps maximum link rate. It also features enhanced TR-069 support enabling improved security and troubleshooting capabilities for service providers.
The PL42 is currently shipping and the development kits are available now.
Finally, QCA announced a high-performance G.fast chipset family, offering end-to-end broadband performance of 1 Gbps (1 gigabit per second) over a 100-meter loop. Also announced was a complete gateway platform for developing next-generation xDSL (from ADSL up to G.fast) gateways for the connected home. The new offerings incorporate technology from the company's recent acquisition of Ikanos Communications.
The G.Fast solution consists of a Vx686 customer premises equipment (CPE) chipset, Velocity-5U single-port distribution point unit (DPU) chipset and inSIGHT-BXM CPE self-install and DPU provisioning software.
Also new is the Vx585 reference platform, built around Qualcomm's xDSL gateway processors and Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac with Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology, Ethernet switches and PHYs, and powerline technology. The platform was designed to deliver a complete "one-stop shop" experience for OEMs, facilitating carrier gateway deployments.