Qualcomm intros gigabit powerline comms chip
Qualcomm Atheros has introduced in Amsterdam a HomePlug AV2 product powerline communications transceiver that can support gigabit links in the home using existing electrical wiring.
The QCA7500 has been validated at gigabit data rates to transmit home IPTV, over-the-top (OTT), and/or video-on-demand (VOD) video distribution, “extending carrier-grade Wi-Fi connections everywhere in the home”.
Based on the HomePlug AV2 standard, the QCA7500 is interoperable with HomePlug AV and Green PHY products in the segment and meets global powerline regulatory requirements.
According to Todd Antes, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Atheros: “HomePlug AV2 MIMO based solutions deliver drastically better performance and coverage than any powerline product in the space.”
Features of the HomePlug AV2 standard include improved peak data rates and expanded coverage enabled by MIMO with beamforming and use of additional spectrum to increase application throughput for multiple HD streams and other applications.
The AV2 standard includes mechanisms to efficiently notch tones to comply with various regulatory requirements.
Qualcomm Atheros is announcing the QCA7500 at Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, October 22-24. Commercial sampling is expected to begin in Q1 2014.