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Quantenna Communications is due to announce three chipsets on Tuesday that boost Wi-Fi signals with a small footprint.

If you’re like me and believe that Wi-Fi is going to rule the home networking environment, then a means to ensure reliable and fast Wi-Fi connectivity to all corners of the home becomes essential. That’s where chipsets from Quantenna Communications, a startup from Sunnyvale, Calif., could come in handy. The company, which has raised $27 million from Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners and Venrock Associates, expects to announce on Tuesday three chipsets that boost Wi-Fi signals with a small footprint.

The chips are being designed to solve the problem of uneven Wi-Fi coverage that results when signals are forced to travel through walls, weakening their strength. The design also tries to avoid interference from other devices operating in the 2.4 or 5 Ghz bands with a dual-band chip and MIMO technology. The firm is offering a chipset for the 2.4 Ghz band, one for 5 Ghz, as well as a dual-band chipset.

The chips will sell for $20 if produced in large amounts (and $40 for the dual-band chip). The goal is to create cheap, small Wi-Fi signal boosters that plug into a wall and amplify the signals from an existing Wi-Fi network. That in turn makes it easier for carriers to offer services such as wireless video transmission or data in all corners of the house and guarantee a certain quality of service. CEO Behrooz Rezvani CEO told me Quantenna has agreements in place with a few carriers, and hopes to have products on the market in the middle of 2009.

Another end market for the chips might be consumer-oriented firms, such as Dell and Apple, that are looking to offer more services over Wi-Fi. Set-top box makers might use such chips to offer better wireless video delivery around the home. Currently the chipsets are pretty pricey, but the problem of uneven Wi-Fi coverage is prevalent enough that if the technology works, Quantenna’s chips could gain widespread adoption.

  1. [...] le modèle dual-band. Un investissement à portée pour une connexion WiFi qui ne sautera plus. [GigaOm] [...]

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  2. [...] that far corner of the dungeon you’ve hidden under the stairwell). The startup, flush with $27 million in VC cash, aims to create chipsets for routers and small, inexpensive in-home repeaters that can amplify the [...]

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  3. [...] that far corner of the dungeon you’ve hidden under the stairwell). The startup, flush with $27 million in VC cash, aims to create chipsets for routers and small, inexpensive in-home repeaters that can amplify the [...]

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  4. The secret sauce to Quantenna is their CTO, Andrea Goldsmith, a EE Stanford prof who wrote the book on wireless.

    She returns to Stanford in the fall from a protracted leave. What role she has going forward will affect Quantenna’s future product mix.

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  5. [...] expected to hit $20 when they’re produced in large amounts, or $40 for the dual-band chip.[Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email [...]

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  6. [...] expected to hit $20 when they’re produced in large amounts, or $40 for the dual-band chip.[Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email [...]

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  7. [...] expected to hit $20 when they’re produced in large amounts, or $40 for the dual-band chip.[Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email [...]

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  8. [...] expected to hit $20 when they’re produced in large amounts, or $40 for the dual-band chip.[Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments Tags: 4ghz, 4×4, [...]

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  9. [...] expected to hit $20 when they’re produced in large amounts, or $40 for the dual-band chip.[Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email [...]

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  10. [...] expected to hit $20 when they’re produced in large amounts, or $40 for the dual-band chip. [Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email this [...]

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  11. [...] Chips Wi-Fi más potentesgigaom.com/2008/10/13/wi-fi-gets-a-boost-with-quantenna-chips/ por bedingfieldo hace pocos segundos [...]

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  12. [...] is of growing interest for both consumers and ISPs. Earlier this year, Quentanna, a Wi-Fi chipmaker hoping to build a plug-in home access point to boost wireless signals, launched with a few ISP customers on board. A few weeks ago AT&T [...]

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  13. [...] Wi Fi Gets a Boost With Quantenna Chips Posted by root 3 minutes ago (http://gigaom.com) Stacey higginbotham monday october 13 2008 9 00 pm pt 1 comment carriers to offer services such as wireless video transmission or data in all corners the startup flush with 27 million in vc cash aims to create chipsets for routers one size doesn 39 t fit Discuss  |  Bury |  News | Wi Fi Gets a Boost With Quantenna Chips [...]

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  14. [...] WHDI standard can traverse the whole house, making multiroom DVR delivered wirelessly possible. And companies like Quantenna are hoping service providers that may end up having to adopt a wireless home networking standard [...]

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  15. [...] Competitor SiBEAM, which uses the WirelessHD standard has raised roughly $78 million. Quantenna, which uses WiFi for transmission, has raised $42 million. And if that wasn’t enough, Amimon faces big rivals [...]

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  16. [...] The wirelessly networked TV is a hot space right now with many different standards vying to be the top dog. Amimon, which just raised an additional $10 million, is pushing its WHDI solution; SiBEAM uses the WirelessHD standard; the WiGig Alliance plans to use the 60 GHz spectrum; and Quantenna wants to use Wi-Fi. [...]

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  17. [...] ways to boost wireless signals inside the home for a consistent network to deliver videos. Quantenna is using a series of repeaters to boost a home’s Wi-Fi signal throughout the home, while Amimon is [...]

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  18. [...] with non-WHDI TVs through an HDMI adapter). WHDI is one of many standards including Wireless HD, WiFi and WiGig that are all competing to be the dominant wireless HD [...]

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  19. [...] Wi-Fi chip maker Ralink Technology, as well as a host of startups using Wi-Fi around the home, from Quantenna and Celeno to the likes of Sonos and Eye-Fi, which use Wi-Fi to wirelessly transport [...]

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