Qualcomm Introduces Most Advanced SoC with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 Connectivity

Qualcomm has introduced the world’s first 14nm SoC for both Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The QCA6390 has been built to meet the surging connectivity demands that are needed today. It is designed to deliver a faster, more secure and robust Wi-Fi experience and enable new Bluetooth audio capabilities such as ultra-high-definition voice and low-latency gaming over wireless headphones, ear-buds and speakers.

As consumer expectations for always-on, flawless streaming video and crystal-clear audio everywhere continue to dramatically grow, these applications face increasing challenges with respect to battery life, data rates, range and security. Building on Qualcomm Technologies’ history of delivering game-changing technologies like MU-MIMO and 8-stream sounding, the QCA6390 is a high performance, full-featured, Wi-Fi 6 certifiable mobile SoC (based on the latest 802.11ax standard). Qualcomm Technologies’ enhanced implementation of Wi-Fi 6 features in the QCA6390 deliver differentiation to customers with superior connection speed, efficiency, range, power consumption, security, and more.

Unprecedented Data Rates - Gigabit-Class Speed Redefines Mobile User Experiences

  • Approaching 1.8 Gbps - the highest throughput of any comparable smartphone chipset to date.
  • 1024 QAM - higher order modulation across 2.4 and 5 GHz bands combined with Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS) operation.

High Efficiency to Maximize Capacity – Performance Across More Connected Devices

  • 8-Stream sounding - an essential mechanism that allows Wi-Fi 6 mobile and computing devices to take full advantage of the growing base of 8x8 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 6 Access Points being commercially deployed.
  • OFDMA and MU-MIMO – Qualcomm Technologies multi-generational, field-proven capabilities extend beyond competitive solutions to improve spectral efficiency, capacity and help ensure seamless experiences across congested networks.  

Ultra-Long-Range Performance – Improved Experiences at the Edge of the Network

Extended range - Dual-band simultaneous 2x2 MIMO operation and 8-stream sounding, combined for the first time in Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile and compute solutions, enables up to double the throughput performance and up to 50 percent extended range and coverage compared to Wi-Fi 5 mobile devices. 

Advanced Technology and Power Efficiency – Smaller Footprint and Longer Battery Life

  • 14nm process node combined with advanced power-management architecture provides up to 50 percent improvement in power efficiency, compared to previous generation solutions
  • Target Wakeup Time (TWT) – Qualcomm Technologies’ implementation supports up to 67 percent lower power consumption for streaming, Wi-Fi calling and other network intensive applications.

Qualcomm Technologies’ Best-In-Class Security – Broadest and Most Secure Protocol Suite Available

WPA3 – support goes far beyond baseline requirements, with all optional and mandatory elements of the latest Wi-Fi Security protocol (WPA-3), including WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise, WPA3-Enhanced Open and WPA3-Easy Connect supported. 

Leading-Edge System Latency – Quicker, More Responsive, and Better Quality of Service

  • OFDMA and MU-MIMO - leveraged across both 2.4 and 5GHz band, is designed to deliver significant latency reduction due to more efficient use
  • Additional latency benefits from extensive innovation and leadership in LTE and 5G for system wide performance and co-existence that only Qualcomm Technologies can deliver.

Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.1

The resurgence of audio and voice as primary user interfaces is driving significant Bluetooth innovation. The QCA6390 introduces several notable enhancements including ultra-high-quality voice, low latency audio, enhanced link resilience and support for smaller, more power-efficient wireless ear buds. When paired with the premium Bluetooth features of Qualcomm QCC5121, QCC3026 and QCC3020 SoCs, the QCA6390 provides a highly-optimized, out-of-the-box audio experience. Key technology features include:

  • Qualcomm Aptx Audio Technology: aptX adds premium Bluetooth audio quality and low latency; Ideal for video conferencing, gaming, video streaming and other applications where wireless quality and low latency are essential. 
  • Qualcomm Truewireless Stereo Plus: QCA6390 with Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus supports the trend of removing the headphone jack, supporting up to 2x the range of legacy products and up to 75 percent battery life improvement, without compromising audio quality.
  • Resilience & Range: Back pocket or on the table, inside or outside the house, QCA6390 can support up to 18dB of additional Bluetooth link margin compared to previous generations – with only a single antenna, translating to a much more resilient connection with larger coverage area and lower cost of implementation.

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