Will Aerohive's 802.11ac products be QCA based or move to Broadcom?

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Many of the vendors that have jumped in early to the 802.11ac space have done so using Broadcom chips.

Will Aerohive do this or will they remain faithful to QCA?

From my perspective, I much prefer QCA hardware (it's more feature rich) and has historically had better driver support, especially in the open source space.
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I can't comment on what Aerohive is doing here (and I really don't know regardless), but I have regular briefings with all of the chip guys and I think the .11ac space is going to remain very, very competitive for the foreseeable future.
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Hey Nick

While QCA is a great technology partner we really can't make comments on the design of unreleased products. Sorry.
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Speaking (writing?) on how one might make the decision, one common reason given to go with Broadcom is that they've been early adopters of explicit beamforming technology, which has the potential to increase network performance somewhat, depending on how much of a speed gain you can get after transmitting the beamforming channel measurement frames. I've written a couple of times about beamforming on our blog: see my post about beamforming and transmit power rules here: http://blogs.aerohive.com/blog/the-wi... and on the trade-offs doing explicit beamforming here: http://blogs.aerohive.com/blog/the-wi.... Or, if you're willing to put up with watching me: http://blogs.aerohive.com/blog/enterp...
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Surely the QCA9890 et al. will support explicit TxBF. Are you implying that it is too late to market for many players in the need to compete?
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Looks like the answer was "yes". There's the QCA9980 and QCA9990 now with explicit TxBF. Yay for the so-called "Wave 2".