Qualcomm Unveils Networking Pro Series Platforms that Aim to Set a New Benchmark in Wi-Fi 6 Performance

Qualcomm Unveils Networking Pro Series Platforms that Aim to Set a New Benchmark in Wi-Fi 6 Performance

– Four Distinct and Scalable Platforms Bringing Highly Differentiated Wi-Fi 6 Features Optimized for Highly Congested Wireless Networks –

SAN FRANCISCO – August 27, 2019 – Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. a wholly owned
subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced Qualcomm®
Networking Pro Series platforms, its second-generation Wi-Fi 6 networking offerings, designed
to deliver the ultimate Wi-Fi 6 connectivity experience across the widest range of applications.
At Qualcomm® Wi-Fi 6 Day in San Francisco, executives are demonstrating the Qualcomm
Networking Pro Series, comprised of four platforms, the 1200, 800, 600, and 400, distinguished
by format, scale of application, and computing needs. The platforms leverage the company’s
unique Wi-Fi 6 architecture and approach and are designed for densely congested networks,
onboarding of hundreds of devices without degradation of user experience, and high
performance.
Modern networks are overmatched by the number of devices and data demands placed on them
in the most densely populated environments today. Networks must meet expectations for high
bandwidth, low latency, and with fair and simultaneous access. This reality belies the promise of
the Wi-Fi 6 standard and demands a new architectural approach to wireless networking silicon
optimized for this environment. The Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms are built for
the dense connectivity requirements of modern Wi-Fi networks, with Wi-Fi 6 features offering
increased network capacity for high-density environments such as university lecture halls, malls,
stadiums, and office buildings.
“Wi-Fi 6 is a transformational reimagining of how Wi-Fi works, a leap forward arriving
alongside 5G and designed to accommodate the massive surge of connected devices,” said Nick
Kucharewski, vice president and general manager, wireless infrastructure and networking,
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms raise the bar
for the management of the ever-growing number of connected devices, the variation and
complexity of those devices’ data needs, and the quality of the overall connectivity experiences
they deliver.”
“The proliferation of connected devices combined with exploding demand for video streaming
and other types of real-time data are straining the average Wi-Fi network,” said Mike Feibus,
president and principal analyst at industry research firm FeibusTech. “Wi-Fi 6 is built to address
the needs of modern Wi-Fi networks, offering increased network capacity for high-density
environments.”
Qualcomm Networking Pro Series Platforms
The Qualcomm Networking Pro Series spans four tiered platforms designed to provide OEMs
with maximum flexibility. Each platform leverages all elements of Qualcomm Technologies’
Wi-Fi 6 differentiated feature implementation, but is distinguished by format, scale of
application, and computing profile:
• Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 Platform (supports up to 12 spatial streams of Wi-Fi 6
connectivity with up to 2.2GHz Quad-core A53 processor)
• Qualcomm Networking Pro 800 Platform (supports up to 8 spatial streams of Wi-Fi 6
connectivity with up to 1.4GHz Quad-core A53 processor)
• Qualcomm Networking Pro 600 Platform (supports up to 6 spatial streams of Wi-Fi 6
connectivity with up to 1.0GHz Quad-core A53 processor)
• Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 Platform (supports up to 4 spatial streams of Wi-Fi 6
connectivity with up to 1.0GHz Quad-core A53 processor)
Derived from decades of R&D and proven engineering expertise across multiple connectivity
portfolios, the Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms bring a highly differentiated portfolio
of features that go far beyond the standards to deliver superior performance outcomes:
• 8×8 radio support – Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms expand overall available
capacity by offering up to 12 full streams of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity (in the 1200 tier),
including 8 streams of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity in the 5GHz band.
• Qualcomm Technologies’ multi-use scheduling algorithms represent a distinctly
differentiated form of traffic management for Wi-Fi. Through its advanced
implementation of Wi-Fi 6 protocol standards, networks built on Qualcomm Networking
Pro Series platforms can set a new benchmark for prioritizing network access for large
numbers of connected clients:
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• MU-MIMO: Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms support MU-MIMO in
the uplink and downlink across all bands, ensuring maximum capacity (up to 12
independent chains of Wi-Fi to simultaneously connect MU-MIMO capable
clients).
• OFDMA: Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms support OFDMA in the
uplink and downlink across all bands with up to support for 37 users per 5GHz
channel used.
• Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms employ Qualcomm Technologies’ highly
differentiated maximum user networking architecture, a unique design developed through
research and development into extreme high-density deployments. This network
architecture has been designed to successfully associate and maintain connectivity for up
to 1500 clients simultaneously, making it the ideal architecture for a host of next-gen
enterprise and carrier-class deployments.
• The Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 platform supports unique reconfiguration or
wireless resources. Customers can design for either dual- or tri-radio operation (8×8 +
4×4 or 4×4 + 4×4 + 4×4) without the need to add a separate radio component.
• Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms support the Wi-Fi 6 modulation scheme,
1024QAM, enabling up to 38% higher raw throughput vs. Wi-Fi 5.
• Security: Qualcomm Technologies’ security implementation translates to support for the
full WPA3 security suite (Personal, Enterprise, Opportunistic Wireless Encryption, Easy
Connect).
“We are pleased to be working closely with many of the networking industry leaders as we work
to bring the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 to next generation networks,” emphasized Kucharewski.
Ruckus
“Qualcomm Technologies has been an outstanding partner in our work to develop and bring to
market next-generation Wi-Fi. Today’s announcement is a key milestone to ensuring exceptional
customer experiences in every environment,” said Morgan Kurk, chief technology officer,
CommScope. “We’re excited about using the new platform to address the current and emerging
needs of our education, hospitality and large venue customers, in particular. Wi-Fi 6 is uniquely
equipped to handle the growing demands arising from the transition to digital learning in schools
to the widespread adoption of augmented and virtual reality in stadia, to everything in between,
and Qualcomm Technologies’ Wi-Fi 6 technology is once again a preferred solution.”
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
“Wi-Fi 6 is ushering in a broad set of new and compelling use cases that require high-bandwidth,
low-latency connectivity in highly dense environments,” Chuck Lukaszewski, vice president of
wireless strategy and standards, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “Working with
innovative companies like Qualcomm Technologies allows Aruba to utilize key Wi-Fi 6 features
such as OFDMA, dual 5G, intelligent network management and target wake time (TWT) to
deliver simple, secure and intelligent enterprise-grade solutions that enable customers to realize
the business advantages afforded by this next generation wireless technology.”
Belkin
“The number of wireless devices in today’s homes are expected to double by 2022. This
requires networking solutions to evolve in order to ease congested networks and maintain the
high level of performance Linksys Intelligent Mesh products are known for,” said L.C. Wu, chief
operating officer, Belkin International. “As a global leader in networking, we are constantly
investing in technologies to bring the best experiences to people. Working with Qualcomm
Technologies’ latest Wi-Fi 6 networking platform helps us do just that – it’s purpose-built for
maximum performance in today’s high-density environments.”
KT Corp.
“Through our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, we ushered in a new era of super-fast
and ultra-reliable mobile connectivity with the world’s first nationwide 5G cellular network.
We’re excited to compliment that effort with Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance Wi-Fi
6 technology,” said Lee Jong-Pil, vice president, KT Institute of Convergence Technology.
“With the new Wi-Fi 6 networking platform, we’ll be able to accelerate our time-to-market
leadership and overall availability of Wi-Fi 6 in South Korea, providing our customers with a
seamless, next generation, connected experience, whether they’re using 5G on-the-go or Wi-Fi at
a busy hotspot.
Netgear
“NETGEAR, together with our technology partner Qualcomm Technologies, is committed to
ushering in the next generation of Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems,” said David Henry, senior vice
president, connected home product, NETGEAR. “We are proud to introduce our next generation
Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Mesh system based on Qualcomm Technologies’ latest generation Wi-Fi 6
solution. Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System is a leap ahead of current industry offerings, delivering
significantly enhanced capacity, coverage and simultaneous multi-user performance through
dedicated tri-band support with quad stream radios for all the three Wi-Fi bands with support for
MU-MIMO and OFDMA technologies. These industry-leading features will enable us to push
what’s already the best and highest performing mesh Wi-Fi experience in the world to the next
level.”
Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms are currently available to customers. For more
information, please visit www.qualcomm.com/Wi-Fi 6.
About Qualcomm
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and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was
born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and
industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology
spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected
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and wearables. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast
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