15 Sep 2014

Celeno Announces the Availability of the New 802.11ac 4x4 Solution, Further Enhancing Its Wireless Chipset Portfolio

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 Celeno Communications, a leading provider of high-performance Wi-Fi chips and software for home networking applications, today unveiled the latest in its 802.11ac portfolio of offerings ─ the CL2340. The PCIe-integrated chip further enhances the Celeno wireless portfolio providing solutions across the entire range, covering the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and both 802.11n and 802.11ac - including 2x2, 3x3 chips as well as the new 4x4 dual band 11ac chips. With design-to-cost in mind, Celeno’s portfolio supports a diverse range of solution topologies and connectivity, including standalone, full-offload RGMII, PCIe and USB.

The new 4x4 chipset will provide increased performance and enhanced home coverage for MSOs and Service Providers using Celeno’s chips in their home gateways, access points, and set-top-boxes.

“In a world where two out of every three consumer electronics devices are now Wi-Fi enabled, and the number of connected devices has increased to around 5 billion, a reliable 4x4 802.11ac access point solution fills a critical need in the market,” said Lior Weiss, VP Marketing of Celeno. “Celeno is committed to providing cost-effective and high-quality solutions that allow Service Providers and Cable MSOs around the world to ensure the service they offer is quality-assured and reliable, and this latest chip rounds off our portfolio to make our offering comprehensive.”

The CL2340 is a single chip PCIe Wi-Fi solution, supports 80MHz bandwidth for higher throughput and supports both implicit and explicit beamforming for extended range. The CL2340 is also powered by Celeno’s breakthrough Airtime Management technology – OptimizAIR 2.0. Unique in the field, OptimizAIR 2.0 enables the provisioning and dynamic allocation of Wi-Fi capacity to different virtual networks (SSID), services, and even different client devices all served by the same Wi-Fi Access Point. The result is an optimized home Wi-Fi network that can ensure the highest quality of service no matter how many W-Fi enabled devices are competing for bandwidth.

The new chipset also supports Celeno’s Upload Manager for OptimizAIR 2.0, which allows for the management and coordination of uploading as well as downloading data streams. This new technology directly addresses the strain on Wi-Fi bandwidth caused by the increase in the use of cloud storage, and represents a major enhancement to access point and gateway capabilities.

“In today’s market, it’s not only the number of client devices that is increasing, but also the number of services per device and how much bandwidth these services require,” said Weiss. “Wi-Fi airtime management is a necessary, critical component to ensuring that service providers and MSOs can continue to provide reliable and consistent coverage even as the number of devices competing for Wi-Fi grows.”

The CL2340 reference design is now available and a fully integrated solution into the Intel Puma 6 is also available. Celeno will be demonstrating the solution at IBC 2013 in Hall 3, Area B20 during September 13 -17.