We always need more speed!
Does the world need 2 Gbps Wi-Fi connections? Rusnano, Bright Capital and several other VCs think it does. They have invested $79 million in Quantenna Communications to build the chips that will make such multi-gigabit wireless local area networks possible.
Quantenna specializes in high-performance Wi-Fi silicon and is already selling its 802.11n chips to router makers like Motorola(s mmi) and NetGear(s ntgr). Utilizing four antennas to deliver four parallel streams of data over the same 5 GHz frequencies, Quantenna boasts it can deliver speeds of 600 Mbps, ideal for supporting multiple HD-streaming video channels in the home — the market the vendor has primarily focused on.
But truly ridiculous speeds will emerge with its next generation chip, which uses the new 802.11ac standard and promises bandwidth as high as 2 GB by aggregating all of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies available for public Wi-Fi. As my colleague Stacey…
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