MaxLinear's Wi-Fi SoC Selected for the Wi-Fi 6E Certification Test Bed

The Wi-Fi Alliance® has selected the MaxLinear WAV664 as an official Wi-Fi 6E test bed device. The second device from MaxLinear Inc to hold such an honor, the Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV600 Series is part of the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ test bed.

The WAV664 delivers speeds up to 4.8 Gbps in the 6 GHz band enabling routers and gateways to deliver multi-gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and provide higher-quality user experiences for applications in Ultra HD, 4k and 8k video streaming especially in dense environments. In addition, the WAV664 SoC supports up to 256 clients simultaneously and optimizes transmission on each device for enhanced total network efficiency allowing access points to meet the accelerating demand for high bandwidth and low latency.

Wi-Fi 6E is a new certification from Wi-Fi Alliance® for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 devices that support the new 6 GHz spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E certification enables worldwide interoperability of Wi-Fi 6E devices. The 6 GHz band adds 1.2 GHz of spectrum, a threefold increase in capacity over combined spectrum available in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. It enables support of up to seven contiguous 160 MHz channels for bandwidth-intensive applications. Wi-Fi 6E enables better user experience with reduced latency for gaming, video conferencing and time sensitive applications while improving the aggregate network performance.

“As the unencumbered 6 GHz spectrum becomes available, MaxLinear is proud to be an ecosystem enabler of this new Wi-Fi technology,” said Doron Tal, General Manager of Broadband Access at MaxLinear. “As part of the WAV600 series of products, the WAV664 is the next advanced building block that enables the full potential of high data rates and low latency our customers need to extend their solutions into new applications.”

“People demand matching capabilities of their Wi-Fi as they do from new 10 Gbps access technologies like 5G and 10G DOCSIS 4.0,” said German Laryczower, Senior Vice President, Broadband Home Solutions, CommScope. “With the use of 7 x 160 MHz Wi-Fi 6E channels of multi gigabit, low latency capacity now available to the home, we can build new ultra-immersive and lowest latency services on the Wi-Fi 6E platform. These platforms will accelerate adoption of AR/VR services.”

“Wi-Fi 6E certified devices help promote rapid adoption and innovation in 6 GHz,” said Kevin Robinson, SVP of Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance. “As one of our interoperability test bed devices for Wi-Fi 6E certification, MaxLinear is playing an important role in ensuring users are delivered a secure and interoperable experience with Wi-Fi 6E products.”

Technical Features

MaxLinear’s WAV664 Wi-Fi 6E SoC offers fast and consistent connectivity for Wi-Fi 6E devices on the 6 GHz spectrum in routers and gateways as well as intelligent range extenders in cable, xDSL, fiber and consumer retail infrastructure. WAV664 key features include:

  • IEEE 802.11ax Compliant
  • Wi-Fi Alliance ® Wi-Fi 6E certification
  • Supports operation in 6 GHz Spectrum from U-NII-5 to U-NII-8 (Total: 1.2 GHz)
  • 4.8 Gbps PHY Rate
  • Up to 160 MHz
  • Up to four Spatial Streams
  • OFDMA
  • Mu-MIMO

Applications

  • Service Provider Gateways
  • Routers, Access Points, Extenders & Repeaters

Click here to learn more about MaxLinear's WAV664 Wi-Fi 6E SoC.