According to ABI Research, the pieces of the carrier Wi-Fi puzzle are falling into place as the standardization process speeds up with the recent updates on Hotspot 2.0 and commercial Next Generation Hotspot deployments counting more than 12 networks worldwide—implementing Cisco and Ruckus equipment.
To help manufacturers easily add Wi-Fi® and dual-mode Bluetooth® to embedded applications,Texas Instruments (TI) announced the WiLink™ 8 combo connectivity modules, which supports Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced that its SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3100and CC3200 devices, designed for the Internet of Things (IoT), are now Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ at the chip level. TI is the first company to have a chip achieve Wi-Fi Alliance® certification.
Eta Devices, Inc. announced that ETAdvanced is now available for 802.11ac bringing the benefits of the world’s most efficient power amplifier technology to Wi-Fi networks. The announcement follows Eta Devices’ introduction of ETAdvanced for LTE in February at the Mobile World Congress. The Wi-Fi solution announcement includes the Eta6 power management chip together with reference designs for smartphones.
The worldwide Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) market is expected to grow 11 percent in 2014. According to ABI Research’s Market Data, Wi-Fi Customer Premise Equipment, total shipments of Wi-Fi access points, routers, and residential gateways are set to surpass 176 million units by the end of 2014.
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, announced that Ruckus Wireless, a global supplier of advanced wireless systems, has selected TriQuint’s two new high-performance 5GHz WLAN power amplifiers (PAs) for its top-performing fifth-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi platforms.
Aeroflex Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. has announced at CTIA Super Mobility Week that the Aeroflex TM500 family of network test systems now supports the offload of live data calls between LTE and WLAN 802.11ac as well as 802.11a/b/g/n.
AVX Corp., a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has announced its high directivity 0302 thin film couplers for Wi-Fi bands—including the new, tight tolerance 0302 component—are now available through distribution.
With over 2.6 billion chipsets expected to ship during 2014, Wi-Fi is currently the most ubiquitous wireless connectivity technology for Internet access. As the technology continues to adapt and expand with new protocols such as 802.11ac, 802.11ax, 802.11ad (WiGig), and Wi-Fi Direct, nearly 18 billion more chips will ship cumulatively from 2015 to 2019.