Celeno Adds 6 GHz Band Support for it's Wi-Fi 6E Products

Leading Wi-Fi solutions provider, Celeno, has announced the addition of 6 GHz band support to it's Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) CL80xx dual-transceiver with PCIe interface product series. Celeno's Wi-Fi 6E products are available with different MIMO configurations - 8T8R, 6T6R, and 4T4R supporting up to 6 Gbps total aggregated speed over the two transceivers (up to 4.8 Gbps per transceiver).

Wi-Fi is one of the most adopted technologies and greatest success stories of communication history. Today, it carries over half of the global data traffic and over 75% of mobile data traffic. Adding the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi usage is critical – it has been more than 20 years since the last spectrum enhancement to Wi-Fi. The currently available spectrum in 2.4 and 5 GHz is becoming too congested and doesn't meet modern requirements for next-gen applications, services and scale requiring high speeds in a highly congested environment. The anticipated 6 GHz spectrum will nearly double the available spectrum for Wi-Fi communication.

In addition, operating Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz band is expected to double the effective throughputs since it includes multiple 160 MHz channels, compared to the practical 80 MHz channels in 5 GHz and 20 MHz channels in 2.4 GHz. Moreover, since legacy devices will not be permitted on the 6 GHz band, it will be used exclusively for Wi-Fi 6 traffic which will improve performance further comparatively to the congested 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Also, it will allow for and effective operation of OFDMA, UL-MUMIMO and Wi-Fi 6 scheduling schemes to drive latency down.

Celeno's new Wi-Fi 6E devices will drive new applications with these throughput and latency benefits such as whole-home +1Gbps wireless fabric, mesh-nodes, 4K/8K wireless video distribution, AR/VR devices, wireless broadband access, 5G deployment and many more. The family of chips fully supports the entire 6 GHz spectrum under regulatory evaluation: 5925-7125 MHz. The chips support  Wi-Fi 6 with 160 MHz, MU-OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Beamforming, 1024QAM, uplink scheduling, WPA3 – with a single PCIe 3.0 (dual-lane) interface towards the host processor.

Leveraging its dual-transceiver architecture, the CL8000 Wi-Fi 6E product series will enable true concurrent operation of two independent channels in the wide 6 GHz spectrum, thus enabling high utilization of the coming 6 GHz band. In addition, the chips inherently support Celeno's Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging technology launched earlier this year with true simultaneous operation of Wi-Fi connectivity and Radar in the 6GHz spectrum.

Celeno believes that the 6 GHz spectrum rules will be published in early 2020 with the regulation in effect by early 2021. The company’s Wi-Fi 6E products will sample in Q2 of 2020. The CL8000 Concurrent Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 2.4 GHz/5 GHz products are available to qualified customers.

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