By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Here are some news items we picked up on from this week’s world of Wi-Fi – enjoy.
Tanaza expands partnership with Linksys
Italy-based Tanaza is as of this month expanding its partnership with Wi-Fi networking gear manufacturer Linksys. Since August of 2018 Tanaza has been the provider of the ‘Linksys Cloud Manager,’ which adds enterprise-class intelligence and features to Linksys Wi-Fi routers.
“The partnership will enable both companies to drive innovation to provide Managed Service Providers and business customers with a Cloud Management platform of unparalleled performance, features and services coupled with highly reliable enterprise-grade hardware and technical support,” Tanaza says. Linksys is a division within Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology.
Tanaza CEO Sebastiano Bertani says the main new features of the partnership include the TanazaOS Cloud-based operating system, which allows for real-time diagnostics, fast reconfiguration without reboot, and more. Tanaza is also a strongly contributing member of the Wi-Fi open-source architecture group with the Facebook-lead Telecom Infra Project. Read more about this here.
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ON Semiconductor launch ‘adaptive’ (switchable) 6 GHz Wi-Fi chips
On April 21 Quantenna (ON Semiconductor) launched a family of Wi-Fi 6E chips including a tri-band (2.4/5/6 GHz) ‘AdaptiveMIMO’ solution allows switching between 5 and 6 GHz bands according to the number of Wi-Fi 6E clients. The chipset solution is a first step towards resolving a series of emerging challenges in the design of future-proof multi-band Wi-Fi routers.
“A Wi-Fi 6E infrastructure device with AdaptivMIMO allows the network to operate in the 5GHz or 6GHz band depending on the clients present in a subscriber’s home network to maximize performance, coverage, and utilization,” says Quantenna (ON Semiconductor) in their press release here. It remains to be seen what algorithms will be applied to trigger the switching. The company is only the third – following Broadcom & Celeno – to be sampling Wi-Fi 6E chipsets.
Airspan extends product partnership with ON for Wi-Fi 6-based FWA
ON Semiconductor (previously Quantenna Communications) has had a long-standing chip supply relationship with Airspan (formerly Mimosa Networks) and now the collaboration is set to continue. Airspan says it will apply ON’s QCX AX-family of chipsets in their new Wi-Fi 6-based FWA networking products including for products in the 6 GHz band.
Airspan says that “next generation Airspan products currently under development will address market demand for high spectral efficiency, interference immunity, and network orchestration capabilities for seamless carrier-grade deployments.” ON Semiconductor’s VP Marketing Irvind Ghai says by using Wi-Fi 6 to offload from 4G and 5G networks, “consumers can expect fast and seamless connectivity”.
Canadian startup Ariel launches ‘Remote Care’ Wi-Fi sensing solution
Montreal-based Wi-Fi sensing startup Ariel has launched an AI-based ‘Remote Care’ solution, which they say “changes the paradigm of the TeleCare industry”. The solution was patented in 2010 and has taken five years to develop, the company says.
“Analysing the disruption in the WiFi signals created by motion in the home, Aerial’s AI processing infers human activities to create smart solutions that make lives better. Aerial’s Remote Care Solution will help numerous elders and their families to have access to an affordable and intuitive solution without any required installation,” the company says.
The company is backed by among others Telefonica Innovation Ventures. Aerial is targeting home broadband service providers as their prime customers.