Wireless connectivity at multi-gigabit speeds

05 January 2016

SiBEAM announces a USB 3.0 adapter reference design for wireless connectivity at Gb/s speeds over the 60GHz frequency band. 

The reference design lets OEMs add wireless gigabit connectivity to laptop and desktop computers and is designed to be fully complementary and interoperable end-to-end with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad networking solution.

Wireless data traffic continues to grow exponentially, causing significant congestion on 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks. By operating over the much less crowded 60GHz spectrum and supporting connectivity speeds up to ten times faster than today’s Wi-Fi technology, the IEEE 802.11ad standard is expected to revolutionise wireless connectivity. To further improve performance, the reference design incorporates SiBEAM’s beamforming technology to give OEMs robust RF performance for a more reliable wireless signal. 

Khurram Sheikh, president, SiBEAM, said the boom in applications like the wireless streaming of HD and 4K video are pushing existing Wi-Fi network technologies to their limit. The USB 3.0 802.11ad adapter reference design and its compatibility with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad access point solution means OEMs now have access to a complete, end-to-end solution for 60GHz wireless networking that will provide the network speeds and low signal interference required to provide consumers with an uncompromised next-generation Wi-Fi experience.

Tal Tamir, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, said they are happy to see more 802.11ad interoperable solutions being introduced. The growing demand for better wireless user experience requires all of us to find ways to accelerate ecosystem adoption.

The SiBEAM USB 3.0 802.11ad reference design (part number SK65011U) includes the SB6501, an 802.11ad MAC/baseband chip, and the Sil6312, a 60GHz RF chip with on-package phase array antenna. The reference design will be available for interested parties to evaluate in early February 2016.  

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