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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.[edit]

https://www.qualcomm.com/

Timeline[edit]

since then integrated Airgo WiFi MAC/BB into Snapdragon SoCs
For Atheros chipsets developed before the merger with Qualcomm,
such as those having a chip name that starts with AR, see Atheros.

Wireless chipsets[edit]

(a)bgn[edit]

Chip Interface PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems External
links
QCA6234X
(AR6004)
module
(SiP)
abgn 2x2:2 QCA6234 WFA
PPD-QCA6234
2012-12-10 targeted mobile devices,
integrated bluetooth 4.0,
AR600x variant (ID)
3 devices 3 devices Amazon Fire TV
Kindle Fire HDX
Dragon Boards
QCA9375 USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 UB134C [1] 2013-07-23 presumably an AR600x
deriv. like AR9374
2 devices 0 devices PR
QCA9565
(Aphrodite)
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 NFA335 [2]
WB335 [3]
(AR5B9565)
2012-05-29 integrated bluetooth 4.0
QCSS335, QCMD335 [4]
8 devices 0 devices WFA
QCA9580
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 0 devices 0 devices
QCA9582
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 2014-01-24 1 devices 1 devices
QCA9590
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 1 devices 0 devices
QCA9592
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 0 devices 0 devices

ac[edit]

Chipset Interface PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems External
links
QCA6164
(Rome)
LP-PCIe abgn+ac 1x1:1 NFA34AC WFA
NFA345 WFA
2014-06-05 int. BT 4.1, low-power PCIe,
targeted mobile devices
VP 168c:0041
1 devices 0 devices PR PR
WFA
QCA6174(A)
(Rome)
LP-PCIe abgn+ac 2x2:2 NFA344A [5]
NFA354 [6]
2014-06-05 MU-MIMO, BT 4.2 / BLE,
PCIe 2.1, UART, PCM
VP 168c:003e
11 devices 0 devices PR PR
WFA
PPage
QCA6574
(Rome)
LP-PCIe abgn+ac 2x2:2 int. BT 4.1, low-power PCIe,
automotive solution
0 devices 0 devices PR PR
QCA9377
(Tufello)
SDIO/PCIe
/ USB 2.0
abgn+ac 1x1:1 NFA435 WFA
QCNFA435
2014-12-26 MU-MIMO, BT 4.1 + HS,
PCIe 2.1, UART, PCM, I²S
VP 168c:0042
5 devices 0 devices PR PR
WFA
PPage
QCA9378
(Tufello)
SDIO/PCIe
/ USB 3.0
abgn+ac 2x2:2 2T2R 2.4/5GHz, USB 3.0
targeted towards STB/TV
0 devices 0 devices PR PR
QCA9379
(Tufello)
SDIO/PCIe
/ USB 3.0
abgn+ac 2x2:2 MU-MIMO BT 4.2 / BLE,
targeted towards STB/TV
0 devices 0 devices PR
QCA9860
(Peregrine)
PCIe abgn+ac 3x3:3 integrated BT 4.0/LE 0 devices 0 devices
QCA9862
(Peregrine)
PCIe abgn+ac 2x2:2 WB342 2013-07-22 integrated BT 4.0/LE 2 devices 0 devices
QCA9880
(Peregrine)
PCIe abgn+ac 3x3:3 QCA9880-AR1A v1
QCA9880-2R4E
QCA9880-BR4A v2

CUS223
2013-07-15 QCA9880 v1 (-AR1A)
and all QCA988x hw1.0 support
has been dropped from ath10k
QCAKCUS223VHTA (WFA)
18 devices 41 devices WFA
QCA9882
(Peregrine)
PCIe abgn+ac 2x2:2 2013-05-10 2x2 2.4/5GHz, PCIe 1.1 (PB)
AP consumer targeted
VP 168c:003c
6 devices 25 devices
QCA9886 PCIe an+ac 2x2:2 2016-11-02 2x2 5GHz MIMO, PCIe 1.1
AP consumer targeted
1 devices 2 devices PR
PPage
QCA9887 PCIe an+ac 1x1:1 MikroTik
hAP ac lite
RB952Ui-5ac2nD
2016-08-03 1x1 5GHz, PCIe 1.1
MU-MIMO 802.11an/ac
VP 168c:0050
0 devices 1 devices
PPage
QCA9888
(Cascade)
PCIe an+ac 2x2:2 Wave2 MU-MIMO 160MHz
TxBF, up to 1733Mbps
2 devices 0 devices PR
PPage
QCA9889 PCIe abgn+ac 1x1:1 1x1 2.4/5GHz, PCIe,
MU-MIMO 802.11abgn/ac
0 devices 0 devices PPage
QCA9890 PCIe abgn+ac 3x3:3 QCA9890-BR4A
CUS223
2013-09-12 3x3 2.4/5GHz, PCIe 1.1 (PB)
AP enterprise targeted
6 devices 4 devices FCC
QCA9892 PCIe abgn+ac 2x2:2 2015-05-21 2x2 2.4/5GHz, PCIe 1.1 (PB)
AP enterprise targeted
4 devices 0 devices
.
QCA9980 PCIe abgn+ac 4x4:4 CUS260 (8A)
CUS239 (8A)
AP148
2015-04-10 4x4 MU-MIMO, PCIe 2.1 (PB)
router + gateway targeted
VP 168c:0040
4 devices 8 devices PR PR
SNBPR
PPage
QCA9982 PCIe abgn+ac 3x3:3 2016-09-01 3x3 MU-MIMO, PCIe 2.1 (PB)
data rates up to 1.3Gbps
router + gateway targeted
1 devices 1 devices PR PR
SNBPR
PPage
QCA9984
(Cascade)
PCIe abgn+ac 4x4:4 CUS239 (7A) 2015-11-04 Wave2 MU-MIMO 160MHz
data rates up to 1.7Gbps
router + gateway targeted
4 devices 7 devices PR PR
PPage
QCA9990 PCIe abgn+ac 4x4:4 CUS239 (8B) Wave2 MU-MIMO, PCIe 2.1,
Wi-Fi Backhaul, 802.11ac
targeted enterprise AP
0 devices 0 devices PR PR
SNBPR
PPage
QCA9992 PCIe abgn+ac 3x3:3 Wave2 MU-MIMO, PCIe 2.1,
Wi-Fi Backhaul, SON, TxBF,
targeted enterprise AP
0 devices 0 devices PR PR
SNBPR
PPage
QCA9994
(Cascade)
PCIe abgn+ac 4x4:4 Wave2 MU-MIMO 160MHz
Wi-Fi Backhaul, SON, TxBF,
targeted enterprise AP
1 devices 0 devices PR
PPage

[edit]

Chipset MAC/BB RFIC Interface Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems External
links
Wil6100
(Marlon)
Wil6120 Wil6110 PCIe 60GHz, BT 4.0, HMC
2x2:2 802.11abgn
2012-11-01 16 beam-forming antennas,
half-mini card, used also in
Dell Wireless Dock D5000
2 devices 0 devices PBrief
Wil6200
(Falcon)
Wil6220
Wil6225
Wil6210 PCIe 60GHz, BT4.0, M.2
2x2:2 802.11ac [7]
32 beam-forming antennas,
4.6Gbps, NGFF card,
360 degree coverage
2 devices 0 devices PBrief
Wil6300
(Sparrow)
Wil6320 Wil6310
(Sparrow)
PCIe
/ SDIO
Tri-band
HMC/NGFF
24 beam-forming antennas
WiGig, Wi-Fi, BT, RF & BB
0 devices 0 devices PR PR
PPage
QCA6300
(WiGig)
QCA6320 QCA6310 PCIe Acelink BR-6774AD 802.11ad (4.6Gbps PHY)
60GHz WiGig, Wi-Fi, RF/BB
0 devices 1 devices PR PR
QCA9500
(WiGig)
- PCIe TP-LINK AD7200
(Talon)
2015-08-17 802.11ad (4.6Gbps PHY)
60GHz WiGig, Wi-Fi, RF/TxBF
2 devices 2 devices PR
PPage

Note: the RFIC is installed on an external 60GHz antenna module, connected via a RF cable to the 802.11ad Wi-Fi adapter [1].

ax[edit]

Chipset Interface PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems External
links
QCA6290
(Romeo)
PCIe
(2.1 x1)
abgn+ac+ax 2x 2x2
MU-MIMO
see also
IPQ8074
(Q4 2017) Wave 3, MU-MIMO, 1024 QAM,
2x2 DBS (2.4/5GHz), OFDMA
1.8Gbps max. PHY rate (28nm)
0 devices 0 devices PR PR
PPage

SoC[edit]

WiSoC[edit]

(a)bgn[edit]

Chip Arch. Clock
speed
PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems External
links
QCA4530 MIPS 74Kc abgn 2x2:2 CUS227 2013-07-22 PCIe host, QCA4530-DC3A 1 devices
.
QCA4531 MIPS 24Kc 650 MHz bgn 2x2:2 AP143 PCIe host, USB 2.0 host, IoT,
replace the popular AR9331
0 devices PR
PPage
QCA9531
(Honey Bee)
MIPS 24Kc 560 MHz bgn 2x2:2 AP143
(wap3200)
2014-03-18 PCIe host, USB 2.0 host,
integrated FE switch
10 devices
QCA9533
(Honey Bee)
MIPS 24Kc 560 MHz bgn 2x2:2 AP143 2014-02-18 integrated FE switch, appears
to be identical to the QCA9531
11 devices
QCA9550
(Scorpion)
MIPS 74Kc 720 MHz abgn 3x3:3 2014-03-19 NOR/NAND Flash, 2x PCIe, 2x USB 2.0
DDR1/2 (x32), RGMII/SGMII, UART, JTAG
3 devices Table
.
QCA9556
(Scorpion)
MIPS 74Kc 720 MHz abgn 3x3:3 NOR Flash, 1x PCIe, 1x USB 2.0
DDR1/2 (x16), SGMII, UART, JTAG
2 devices Table
.
QCA9557
(Scorpion)
MIPS 74Kc 720 MHz abgn 2x2:2 2013-11-18 NOR/NAND Flash, 2x PCIe, 2x USB 2.0
DDR1/2 (x32), RGMII/SGMII, UART, JTAG
13 devices Table
.
QCA9558
(Scorpion)
MIPS 74Kc 720 MHz abgn 3x3:3 AP135
(wap3500)
2013-01-04 NOR/NAND Flash, 2x PCIe, 2x USB 2.0
DDR1/2 (x32), RGMII/SGMII, UART, JTAG
38 devices Table
QCA9561
(Dragonfly)
MIPS 74Kc 750 MHz bgn 3x3:3 AP151,
AP152
2016-11-02 PCIe host, USB 2.0 host,
integrated FE switch
4 devices
QCA9563
(Dragonfly)
MIPS 74Kc 750 MHz bgn 3x3:3 AP152,
REH152
(wap3500)
2014-12-01 PCIe host, 2x USB 2.0 host,
integrated FE switch, PB
11 devices PR
TP9343
(Dragonfly)
MIPS 74Kc 750 MHz bgn 3x3:3 CUS249 2015-02-04 TP9343 - reduced ver. QCA9561,
found in some TP-LINK routers,
USB and PCIe IF are removed
8 devices

ac[edit]

Chip Arch. Clock
speed
PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems External
links
IPQ4018
(Dakota)
ARM
Cortex A7
Quad-Core
717 MHz abgn+ac 2x
2x2:2
OneWRT
IPQ4018
(YBT5800)
2016-05-03 Wave 2, MU-MIMO, int. GbE,
USB3.0, PCIe, UART, JTAG, SPI,
2x 2x2 (1.73 Gbps max. PHY rate)
9 devices PPage
PR
PBrief
IPQ4019
(Dakota)
ARM
Cortex A7
Quad-Core
717 MHz abgn+ac 2x
2x2:2
Netgear Orbi
RBR50/RBS50
(YBT6800)
2017-03-01 Wave 2, MU-MIMO, int. GbE, LCD,
USB3.0, PCIe, SD/eMMC, Wi-Fi SON,
2x 2x2 (1.73 Gbps max. PHY rate)
1 devices PPage
PR
PBrief
IPQ4028
(Dakota)
ARM
Cortex A7
Quad-Core
638 MHz abgn+ac 2x
2x2:2
WPJ428
AP-DK01
(YBT5800)
Wave 2, MU-MIMO, int. GbE Sw,
USB3.0, PCIe, RGMII, Wi-Fi SON,
2x 2x2 (1.73 Gbps max. PHY rate)
2 devices PPage
PR
PBrief
IPQ4029
(Dakota)
ARM
Cortex A7
Quad-Core
638 MHz abgn+ac 2x
2x2:2

.
Wave 2, MU-MIMO, int. GbE Sw,
USB3.0, PCIe, SD/eMMC, Wi-Fi SON,
2x 2x2 (1.73 Gbps max. PHY rate)
0 devices PPage
PR
PBrief
MDM9206 /
MDM9207-1
ARM
Cortex A7
1.2 GHz abgn+ac 1x1:1
.
(2016) IoT, MU-MIMO, BT 4.1 BLE,
4G LTE, GPS, LPWA, PSM,
RF360 Front End Solution
0 devices PR

ax[edit]

Chip Arch. Clock
speed
PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems External
links
IPQ8074
(WiSoC)
ARM
Cortex A53
Quad-Core
2 GHz
(+ 2x NSS
@800MHz)
abgn+ac+ax 12x12 MU-MIMO
4x4 (2.4GHz)
8x8 (5GHz)

.
(Q2 2017) Wave 3, MU-MIMO, 1024 QAM,
OFDMA, 4x GbE, 2x 10G (NBASE-T)
Advanced QoS, TxBF, Wi-Fi SON,
14nm (4.8 Gbps max. PHY rate)
0 devices PPage
PR PR

Internet Processors[edit]

Chip Arch. Clock
speed
Cores First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems External
links
IPQ8062 ARMv7-A
Quad Core
1.0 GHz 2x Krait 300
+ 2x NSS @550MHz
2015-12-29 3x PCIe, SATA III, 2x USB 3.0 + HSIC, xGMII, DDR3, SDIO,
Crypto accelerator (AES/3DES/SHA), NAND support
1 devices PPage
AN PR
IPQ8064 ARMv7-A
Quad Core
1.4 GHz 2x Krait 300
+ 2x NSS @730MHz
2014-06-10 3x PCIe, SATA III, 2x USB 3.0 + HSIC, xGMII, DDR3, SDIO,
Crypto accelerator (AES/3DES/SHA), NAND support
16 devices PPage
AN PR
IPQ8065 ARMv7-A
Quad Core
1.7 GHz 2x Krait 300
+ 2x NSS @800MHz
2015-11-04 3x PCIe, SATA III, 2x USB 3.0 + HSIC, xGMII, DDR3, SDIO,
Crypto accelerator (AES/3DES/SHA), NAND support
5 devices PPage
AN
IPQ8066 ARMv7-A
Quad Core
1.0 GHz 2x Krait 300
+ 2x NSS @550MHz
3x PCIe, SATA III, 2x USB 3.0 + HSIC, xGMII, DDR3, SDIO,
Crypto accelerator (AES/3DES/SHA), NAND support
0 devices PPage
IPQ8068
(Akronite)
ARMv7
Quad Core
1.4 GHz 2x Krait 300
+ 2x NSS @730MHz
PCIe 2.0, SATA III, 2x USB 3.0, JTAG, xGMII, DDR3, SDIO,
SD 3.0, DSP, UART, I²S, SPI, I²C, Network Accelerator (NSS)
0 devices PPage
IPQ8069
(Akronite)
ARMv7
Quad Core
1.7 GHz 2x Krait 300
+ 2x NSS @800MHz
PCIe 2.0, SATA III, 2x USB 3.0, JTAG, GbE, 4x GMAC, DDR3,
SD 3.0, DSP, UART, I²S, SPI, I²C, Network Accelerator (NSS)
0 devices PPage

Application Processors[edit]

Chip Arch. Clock
speed
Cores First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems External
links
APQ8060
ARMv7
Dual Core
1.7 GHz 2x Krait 300 (A) 2011-04-26 3G/4G modem, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM,
Snapgragon S4 Plus, GPU Adreno 305 (Wiki)
2 devices PPage
APQ8064 ARMv7
Quad Core
1.7 GHz 4x Krait 300 (T) 2012-08-20 3G/4G modem, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM,
Snapgragon S4 Pro, GPU Adreno 320 (Wiki)
11 devices PPage
APQ8074
ARMv7
Quad Core
2.2 GHz 4x Krait 300 2013-09-24 3G/4G modem, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM,
Snapgragon 800, GPU Adreno 330 (Wiki)
2 devices PPage
MSM8974 ARMv7
Quad Core
2.3 GHz 4x Krait 400 2013-09-06 3G/4G modem, GPS, Wi-Fi, DSP, USB, BT 4.0, FM,
Snapgragon 800, GPU Adreno 330 (Wiki)
1 devices PPage

APQ - Application Processor Qualcomm: APQ8060A, APQ8064 (S4)
IPQ - Internet Processor Qualcomm
MPQ - MultiProcessor Qualcomm
MSM - Mobile Station Modem: MSM8225/8227, MSM8625/8627, MSM8260A/8660A, MSM8960/T (S4)
MDM - Mobile Data Modem
QSD - Qualcomm SnapDragon

Mobile Computing[edit]

Chip
(MAC/BB)
RFIC
(ADC/DAC)
PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems External
links
WCN1312 none (internal) bgn 1x1:1 (2009) HT20-only (72Mbps), SDIO,
targeted for mobile devices
0 devices PR
WCN1314 none (internal) bgn 2x2:2 (2009) 2x2 MIMO, SDIO, used in
Alcatel LINK Y600 DS
0 devices DS
WCN1320
(WiSoC)
none (internal) abgn 4x4:4 Qualcomm
65-VN780-P3
2009-11-24 4x4 MIMO (600Mbps) WiSoC;
DRAM, Flash, GbE, PCIe IF, 65nm
1 devices PR
Qualcomm
MSM/APQ
SoC
WCN3620 bgn 1x1:1 2013-09-19 int. BT 4.0, low cost
(no 5GHz band)
1 devices
Qualcomm
MSM/APQ
SoC
WCN3660 abgn 1x1:1 Qualcomm Atheros
WCN3660 module
2012-08-20 2.4/5GHz, N150
int. BT 4.0, FM radio
6 devices PR PR
Qualcomm
MSM/APQ
SoC
WCN3680 abgn+ac 1x1:1 2013-04-26 2.4/5GHz, AC433
int. BT 4.0, FM radio
3 devices PR PR

Note: WCNxxxx descendent from Airgo silicon rather than Atheros'

Internet of Things (IoT)[edit]

  • Wi-Fi System on chip designed to be used with simple microcontrollers or standalone operation.
Chips Interface PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters External
links
QCA4002 SPI / UART abgn 1x1:1 SP141
SP140/SP141
SPI host interface, UART host
(using AT-style command set)
0 devices DS
SDK
QCA4004 SPI / UART abgn 1x1:1 SP144
SP140/SP144
same features as QCA4002, with additional features:
optional RX antenna diversity, hostless mode
1 devices DS
PPage
QCA4010 SPI / SDIO
/ UART
bgn 1x1:1 SP240/SP241
SP240/SP242
802.11n (2.4GHz), Full MCU (1.5MB RAM), USB 2.0,
UART, HS-UART, I2C, I2S, GPIO, PWM, ADC, SPI/SDIO
0 devices PR PB
PPage
QCA4012 SPI / SDIO
/ UART
abgn 1x1:1 SP242
SP240/SP242
802.11n (2.4/5GHz), Full MCU (1.5MB RAM), USB 2.0,
UART, HS-UART, I2C, I2S, GPIO, PWM, ADC, SPI/SDIO
0 devices PR PB
PPage
QCA4531 SPI / UART bgn 2x2:2 Lima-
8devices
Both the QCA401x and QCA4531 come pre-integrated
with Allseen Alliance’s AllJoyn software framework
0 devices PR
PPage

PLC[edit]

Chip Companion
chip
Powerline
PHY std.
PHY rate
(Powerline)
PHY rate
(Coax)
Ethernet
Link Speed
First seen
(FCC)
ESystems External
links
QCA6400 AR1400 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps - - 2010-06-09 16 devices PBrief
.
QCA6405 AR1405 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps - 10/100 Mbps 4 devices Comparison
Datasheet
QCA6410 AR1410 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps - 10/100 Mbps 0 devices PPage
.
QCA7000 AR1500 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps - - 0 devices PBrief
.
QCA7400 AR1500 HomePlug AV+ 500 Mbps 700 Mbps - 2011-12-29 18 devices PBrief
.
QCA7420 AR1540 HomePlug AV+ 600 Mbps
(SISO)
- 10/100 Mbps 2012-08-09 14 devices PBrief
PPage
QCA7450 AR1540 HomePlug AV2 600 Mbps
(SISO)
- 1 GbE 2 devices PBrief
PPage
QCA7500 AR1540 HomePlug AV2 1300 Mbps
(MIMO)
- 1 GbE 2016-11-08 11 devices PBrief
PPage
QCA7520 AR1540 HomePlug AV2 1000 Mbps
(MIMO)
- 10/100 Mbps 0 devices PPage

See more at: https://www.qualcomm.com/products
See also Atheros PLC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. The RF cable between the 60GHz "antenna module" and the 802.11ad adapter is a complex bi-directional link,
    transferring power (for RFIC), control signals and modulated data (IF) all mixed together in the 0-17GHz region,
    see patents:
    US8670322 and US20120309331