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ST, Quantenna intro compact 4K WiFi client reference design

Posted: 11 Jan 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  Quantenna Communications  ARM  SoC  WiFi 

STMicroelectronics and Quantenna Communications Inc. have rolled out a reference design enabling premium 4K video quality over home WiFi networks using a highly compact, fan-less box. According to the company, the reference design provides superior indoor coverage, better portability and multi-room usage.

"This new collaboration between ST and Quantenna is a natural step to address the 4K Ultra HDmarket after the announcement at IBC 2015 of the ST Cannes WiFi (STiH390) SoC, the world's first single-chip device for HD set-top-box wireless-client markets," said Eric Benoit, headed product-line director, consumer product division, ST. "The integration paves the way to a cost-effective and flexible 4K wireless solution for an impeccable multimedia experience at home."

The reference-design box integrates ST's Cannes 4K ARM quad-core SoC. Commercially available, it is pre-integrated with leading middleware and supported by a large ecosystem that enables customers to rapidly build attractive solutions with short time to market.

The ST Cannes 4K SoC is optimised for both cost and performance, and when combined with Quantenna QSR1000, it relies on a 4x4 MIMO architecture supporting Dynamic multi-user MIMO (DynaMMO) technology, dynamic digital beamforming and four spatial streams to deliver ultra-high performance, range, reliability and coverage. Standards-based, the ST/Quantenna reference-design operates with all third-party 802.11ac and 802.11n devices.

"Equally comfortable in set-top boxes, OTT platforms and consumer electronics at home, the QSR1000 is perfectly suited to wireless multimedia applications that demand cable-like video-transmission quality," said Harpreet Chohan, senior director, product marketing, Quantenna Communications. "With almost 2Gb/s of total throughput, this reference design streams robust carrier-grade IPTV to multiple devices in full 1080p or 4K Ultra HD resolution, designed to reach through concrete walls and into all corners of multi-story homes."

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