ElasticMIMO Technology Enhances the Wi-Fi 6 Experience in Homes

Celeno, a provider of smart, managed Wi-Fi solutions, has announced that Comtrend, a provider of advanced networking solutions, has selected the CL8000 product family chips for their new Wi-Fi 6 home gateways and mesh node solution. The new product family brings disruptive ElasticMIMO architecture that enables service providers to enjoy home networking hardware that adjusts itself in the field based on actual user needs and Wi-Fi consumption habits.

Celeno's CL8000 Wi-Fi 6 chip family delivers two Wi-Fi 6 dual-band transceivers in a single, compact 11x 11 mm chip. The silicon ElasticMIMO architecture controlled by self-learning software arbitrates in real time the allocation of up to 8 radio chains and MIMO streams between the two transceivers for optimized coverage/throughput combination. For example, a home gateway that streams high bandwidth video to multiple Wi-Fi STB's in the home, could adjust its hardware configuration to 2x2 2.4 GHz and 6x6 5 GHz radios to enhance the robustness of the Wi-Fi links to these STBs. This could be done momentarily in response to an unexpected increase in entertainment consumption in the home or based on the time of day by statistical analysis of video consumption habits in a particular home.

ElasticMIMO would prove to be instrumental also in an exceedingly popular scenario of a mesh deployment of multiple access points (or extenders). The wireless backbone between the Wi-Fi mesh nodes is serving the traffic backhaul requirements between the nodes as well as serving Wi-Fi devices on that band. Demand patterns and distances between the mesh nodes in the home are unpredictable. At the same time, engineering the hardware for mesh nodes is ever more demanding with strict cost and real estate constraints. 

Celeno's, ElasticMIMO self-adjusting technology, alleviates the concern of a rigid hardware configuration that is not optimized for all scenarios. For example, ElasticMIMO based mesh nodes can be deployed with a default 2x2 configuration on each band. Once operational, the Access Point can self-optimize the network performance by readjusting the MIMO configuration, for example to 3x3 on the 5GHz band and 1x1 on the 2.4GHz or vice versa based on actual needs. The 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands have different range and speed characteristics, hence the flexible hardware can arbitrate between the different bands dimensioning in real time, and will generate better user experience and whole home coverage.

Learn more about Celeno’s CL8000 product family chips.