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CES logo Marvell announced a 4x4 802.11ac SoC at CES 2015.

The Avastar 88W8964 802.11ac Wave-2 4x4 processor supports 160 MHz bandwidth mode for 2.6 Gbps maximum link rates.

Other features include MU-MIMO, beamforming and 802.11mc precision location support. Marvell's announcement didn't say anything about sampling or production status.

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Compared to Broadcom's announcement yesterday, Marvell's unveiling seems like weak tea. No companion radios were announced and the near-term usefulness of 160 MHz bandwidth support is questionable given the reported difficulties of implementing the RF parts of a solution.

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