SOURCE: MagnaCom

MagnaCom

November 16, 2015 10:01 ET

MagnaCom Launches WAM-RX for Wi-Fi: 100% Standard Compliant, Receiver-Only Solution, Enabling 802.11ax for Mobile Phones

New WAM-RX™ Wins Two Prestigious "Fierce Wireless Innovation Awards" for Best Technical Problem-Solver and Spectrum Efficiency; Patented Ultra-Sensitive Wi-Fi Receiver Enables Mobile Devices to Operate at Much Higher Power Efficiency -- Improving Power, Range and Speed, With Full Wi-Fi Standard Compliance

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 16, 2015) -

News Highlights:

  • Receiver-only silicon implementation: Up to 7dB benefit, with EXISTING terminal station silicon
  • Saves 500mW for current mobile devices (802.11ac, at QAM-256, 22dbm)
  • Makes 802.11ax possible in mobile devices, by saving over 1 watt of power (QAM-1024, 22dbm)
  • Demonstrated even higher Wi-Fi speed (QAM-4096) with TODAY's Wi-Fi PA (CMOS)
  • Proven and tested by customers

MagnaCom, a recognized technology innovation powerhouse, today announced WAM-RX, a patented ultra-sensitive Wi-Fi receiver that enables mobile devices to operate at much higher power efficiency. WAM-RX is Wi-Fi standard compliant receiver that empowers 802.11ax in mobile devices. Further validating the magnitude of this accomplishment, Fierce Wireless awarded WAM-RX their Best in Show award as the Best Technical Problem-Solver, in addition to a Spectrum Efficiency Winner. Visit www.magna-com.com to learn more.

MagnaCom has invented, and already delivered to customers, a new ultra-sensitive Wi-Fi receiver technology that improves power, range and speed for the billions of Wi-Fi devices already in use today. WAM-RX delivers those benefits while being fully Wi-Fi compliant. Demonstrating a dramatic 7dB Wi-Fi system gain improvement, while using existing terminal station silicon with embedded CMOS PA, WAM-RX allows Wi-Fi connected devices to enjoy significant power reduction and extended reach, all with no change to terminal station silicon and without making any modifications to the Antenna, RF, or PA.

"WAM-RX technology is impressive, and the industry should applaud MagnaCom for pushing the boundaries of Wi-Fi to achieve even higher performance levels," said Mark Merrill, CTO and Co-Founder of NETGEAR®. "NETGEAR has been testing WAM-RX with its new Nighthawk® X8 R8500 router, the highest speed Wi-Fi router in the market today, and we're excited about the potential of what we've seen so far. We look forward to working with MagnaCom's silicon partners on next generation high-performance Wi-Fi products and solutions."

"WAM-RX is the culmination of 3 years of intense research and innovation at MagnaCom, and is clearly the most impactful technology we have ever launched," said Yossi Cohen, co-founder and CEO of MagnaCom. "Wi-Fi is the most pervasive wireless technology today, and seamless hopping will further blur the lines between cellular and Wi-Fi networks in the future. IOT devices, wearable or embedded medical devices, and mobile devices will enjoy the massive power reduction and extended reach enabled by WAM-RX, while still being 100% Wi-Fi standard compliant."

WAM-RX Technology Highlights

  • Receiver only solution based on standard Wi-Fi transmission
  • No change to the terminal station (mobile phone, PC, etc.) silicon
  • Support low cost embedded CMOS PA at high modulations (QAM-256, QAM-1024)
  • Supports MIMO configurations, yielding even higher overall system benefit
  • Saves 500mW for current mobile devices (802.11ac, at QAM-256, 22dbm)
  • Makes 802.11ax possible in mobile devices, by saving over 1Watt of power (QAM-1024, 22dbm)
  • Demonstrated even higher Wi-Fi speed (QAM-4096) with TODAY's Wi-Fi PA
  • New 2016 FCC regulation allows even higher transmit power, making WAM-RX even more impactful

WAM-RX Technical Information
MagnaCom's WAM-RX is a receiver only solution based on standard compliant Wi-Fi, with no change to the terminal station silicon. It increases transmit power of terminals with existing radio designs and power amplifiers (PA), and significantly improves power efficiency. WAM-RX also enables Mobile phones and PCs to employ higher order modulation, while allowing PA operation at a much lower transmitter output power backoff -- close to the PA saturation. In doing so, enabling higher capacity uplinks for 4K HD video and large cloud uploads at a useful and meaningful range. High error vector magnitude (EVM) is tolerated, with the powerful demodulator achieving virtually linear channel performance even for a highly distorted signal. WAM-RX successfully tested with embedded (internal) CMOS PA in actual Wi-Fi chips.

The benefit of higher order modulation is two fold: Increasing speed, and improving overall network efficiency -- as devices get "on and off" the network much faster, and free up the airtime for other devices on the network. The standard compliant Wi-Fi solution mitigates congestion of legacy Wi-Fi terminals that coexist with the WAM-RX terminals. Transmitted signals fully comply with Wi-Fi mask, and other requirements such as Band-Edge. WAM-RX processing resources can be dynamically allocated over the connection configuration to maximize efficiency.

WAM-RX's also supports higher power transmission (Tx power) in high order modulations (such as MCS9 and beyond), far exceeding today's acceptable EVM. The Tx power for high-order modulations is almost the same as the TX power used today in very low modulations (such as MCS1), and therefore is fully compliant with the Wi-Fi Standard, and other FCC requirements. In addition, WAM-RX's highly compressed signal transmission does not impact network interoperability, which is still maintained at 100 percent. Transmitted signals fully comply with Wi-Fi mask, and other requirements such as Band-Edge. WAM-RX fully supports MIMO configurations, yielding even higher benefits, and overall network efficiency and power savings.

Availability
MagnaCom's WAM-RX technology is available to early access partners immediately. Please inquire at info@magna-com.com or www.magna-com.com.

Over the past two years MagnaCom has engaged with global technology leaders and has become a recognized technology innovation powerhouse with over 160 global patents filed and 65 granted and issued U.S. patents, holding nearly 1,500 granted inventions/claims. It has also garnered numerous recognitions and industry awards, including today's Fierce Innovation Awards - Best in Show as the Best Technical Problem-Solver and Spectrum Efficiency Winner.

About MagnaCom
MagnaCom is a recognized technology innovation powerhouse aiming to reinvent the evolution of digital communications. The company was originally founded around a whole new, patented modulation technology called WAM, which can help alleviate the global spectrum congestion and insatiable demand for more bandwidth. Recent MagnaCom inventions enable the delivery of these benefits -- even over EXISTING modulations, while maintaining standard compliance. This impacts nearly all forms of modern communications -- starting with Wi-Fi, cellular, and microwave backhaul today, and ultimately also includes numerous other wired and wireless applications. WAM technology applies to carriers, handset manufacturers, wired and wireless system OEMs, and communication IC vendors who strive to save spectrum, increase bandwidth, speed and distance, or reduce power consumption. With over 60 granted/issued patents and over 100 more pending MagnaCom is challenging the legacy axioms of advanced wired and wireless systems, and delivering a quantum leap forward. The company has assembled a world-class team of scientists, executives and advisors from Broadcom, Qualcomm, Skyworks, Motorola Mobility (acquired by Google), Texas Instruments, Intel, ST Microelectronics and Passif Semiconductor (acquired by Apple). For more information, visit www.magna-com.com

WAM™, WAM-RX™ and OFD-WAM™ are trademarks of MagnaCom Ltd. NETGEAR and Nighthawk are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc.

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