Production shipments begin for Wi-Fi 6 MIMO antenna system

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The Antenna Company, a specialist in the design of high-performance embedded antennas, has begun shipping Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) compatible MIMO antenna system designed to increase network capacity, extend range and reduce latency in enterprise networks.

The antenna system is comprised of 10 antennas in total, supporting a 4x4 5GHz + 4x4 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi configuration. An additional 2.4GHz IoT/BLE (Bluetooth low-energy) antenna is included to enable IoT use cases such as location tracking, along with a dedicated 2.4GHz/5GHz antenna for radio spectrum management.

Wi-Fi 6 enables several new features designed to support bandwidth intensive use cases in dense Wi-Fi deployments. The antenna system supports concurrent operation of dual 5GHz radios, while achieving cross-pair antenna isolation of greater than 40 dB. In the dual-radio mode, industry-leading over-the-air speeds of up to 5.2 Gbps can be achieved.

Antenna Company’s Wi-Fi 6 enterprise antenna system also features:

  • Compact design that enables size reduction of enterprise access-points by 20% or more, without sacrificing antenna system performance
  • Low input impedance essential to achieve peak rates during 1024-QAM operation
  • Omni-directional pattern in the azimuth plane, ensuring uniform coverage
  • Robustness against antenna de-tuning from the system environment

“Antenna Company has optimised the performance of the antenna system to meet the demanding requirements of enterprise-class products”, explained the company's CEO, David Favreau. “With our scalable design, OEMs can deploy enterprise access-points that offer 4x improvement over previous generation access-points.”

The new Wi-Fi 6 antenna system is part of a family of commercially available solutions that also includes a 4x4 2.4/5GHz option for small-to-mid size enterprise deployments.