Press release

Aquantia and Qualcomm to Enable 5G Fixed Wireless Access Equipment with Multi-Gig Ethernet

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Aquantia, (NYSE: AQ), a leader in Multi-Gig Ethernet connectivity, today
announced it is working closely with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a
subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to support the design and
optimization of next generation 5G NR fixed wireless access broadband
equipment for high-speed Internet delivery to the customer premises. The
customer premises equipment (CPE) platform will feature the Aquantia
AQtion Multi-Gig Ethernet Controllers AQC107 (10GbE) and AQC111C (5GbE),
which can be used in conjunction with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G
modem available from Qualcomm Technologies. Deployment in the United
States is slated for the first half of 2020 and Aquantia has supplied
samples of the reference design to early customers.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem (Photo: Business Wire)

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem (Photo: Business Wire)

“For more than 30 years, Qualcomm has provided foundational wireless
technologies that help to transform industries. We are continuing that
legacy by providing a robust platform designed to support seamless 5G
connectivity in the connected home and enterprises, powered by our
second generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem with support for both mmWave
and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands,” said Gautam Sheoran, Senior Director,
Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to work
with Aquantia, as the use of our 5G connectivity platform with their
Multi-Gig wired backhaul in the connected home and enterprises can help
support the growth of connected devices and provide unsurpassed user

By creating a wireless service model using 5G NR technology, this CPE
platform provides an alternate method to deliver Multi-Gig Internet
service to consumers. The CPE platform offers a cost effective and
efficient way to deliver improved Internet service in areas where laying
new cables or fiber deployment is not practical. The delivery of 5G
connectivity into the home, through the AQC107 and AQC111C will enable
Internet-connected devices in the home to access rich media applications
at lightning-fast speeds.

This CPE platform specifically addresses the following concerns:

  • The rise in demand for reliable and ultra-low latency connectivity
  • The rapid increase in the development of connected IoT devices
  • The continuous increase in data traffic

“Aquantia is very pleased to work with Qualcomm Technologies on this new
class of service provider access device,” said LK Bhupathi, Vice
President of Marketing at Aquantia. “Use of the Snapdragon X55 5G modem
with Aquantia’s Multi-Gig wired backhaul has the potential to create new
business models beyond what has traditionally been offered by Internet
service providers. More importantly it can also spur the delivery of
rich content services such as ultra-high definition video streaming,
cloud gaming and virtual reality.”

About the AQtion AQC107

The Aquantia AQtion AQC107 is a high-performance, 5-speed, 10 G PCI
Express (PCIe)–to–Multi-Gig Ethernet controller that integrates PCIe,
MAC, and PHY to provide power and space-efficient connectivity for
client systems. An x4/x2/x1 PCIe interface enables the AQC107 to easily
handle up to 10Gbps line-rate performance while delivering maximum
flexibility. The AQrate PHY technology integrated into the AQC107
delivers up to 10 Gbps network connectivity speed through 100 m of Cat
6a and up to 5 Gbps network connectivity speed on legacy Cat 5e or Cat 6

About the AQtion AQC111C

The Aquantia AQtion AQC111C is a high-performance, Multi-Gig Ethernet
controller housed in a compact 9 x 9 mm package. Its ultra-small
footprint and low-cost design makes it the perfect solution for embedded
platforms as well as other PCIe LAN on Motherboard (LOM)
implementations. By offering Multi-Gig Ethernet speeds of up to 5 and
2.5 GbE, Aquantia AQtion AQC111C offers flexible design options for a
variety of networked devices including OEMs of customer premises
equipments, PCs and any device using a motherboard, to offer a seamless,
Multi-Gig upgrade path.

For more information about Aquantia Products go here.

About Aquantia

Aquantia is a leader in the design, development and marketing of
advanced, high-speed communications ICs for Ethernet connectivity in the
Data Center, Enterprise Infrastructure, Access and Automotive markets.
Aquantia products are designed to cost-effectively deliver leading-edge
data speeds for use in the latest generation of communications
infrastructure to alleviate network bandwidth bottlenecks caused by the
growth of global IP traffic and in emerging and demanding applications
such as autonomous driving. Aquantia is headquartered in Silicon
Valley. For more information, visit


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