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Technicolor adding tougher Wi-Fi

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 2:32pm
Brian Santo

Technicolor said it is adopting Quantenna Communications' Wi-Fi chips in its upcoming VDSL set-tops, gateways and other customer premises equipment.

The latest generation of Wi-Fi technology operates at the higher Wi-Fi frequency (5 GHz) and uses multiple antennas (typically 3 x 3 or 4 x 4) to support wireless routing of multiple streams of HD content that's reliable enough to satisfy the requirements of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

The Quantenna silicon that Technicolor will be integrating features 5 GHz 4 x 4 MIMO technology.

Technicolor plans to incorporate Quantenna technology into its new VDSL home gateways, a dedicated Wi-Fi access point, HD DVRs and media servers, as well as within its all-in-one Media Gateway platform.

Technicolor said that it conducted tests showing that the Quantenna solution offers IP packet losses of less than one in 100 million.

"The choice of this state-of-the-art technology demonstrates once again the company's commitment to digital distribution in all forms," said Pascal Portelli, senior vice president of solutions strategy and portfolio management at Technicolor's Connected Home Division.

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