Since 1997, when the first IEEE 802.11 wireless local-area network (WLAN) protocol was adopted – offering a meager 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) data throughput – wireless technology has been updated repeatedly to provide more bandwidth, longer range and other improvements. Today’s latest 802.11ac WLAN products, for instance, enable data rates exceeding 3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) – more than a 1,500-fold increase over first-generation devices.
More than 60 percent of the world’s Internet traffic is now carried by wireless, and Juniper Research recently reported that mobile device users are adding to that total by offloading increasing amounts of data use onto hotspots, home and enterprise wireless networks.
The continued popularity of wireless access is fueling demand for more fixed networking capacity, which helps to carry mobile data offloaded from cellular networks. To meet that demand, we, along with more than 30 other NBASE-T Alliance members are developing technology to carry Ethernet data over twisted-pair copper cables with data rates up 2.5 and 5 Gbps.
As a leader in the wireless access space, we support WLAN across a broad range of environments, including home routers, residential gateways, wireless hotspots and enterprise access points. We have a wide variety of products supporting these designs, from single core to quad core.
In this video, I share some of the many WLAN applications of QorIQ processors.