Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on innovative solutions for the telecommunication sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, you will discover 5 promising WiFi 6 startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top WiFi 6 Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of communication technology. For this research, we identified 41 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & scaleups developing WiFi 6 solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 41 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
H3C – WiFi 6 Routers
WiFi 6, also known as the IEEE 802.11 ax standard, requires routers to provide high-speed, low latency connections supporting multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO), which is especially important in enabling the internet of things (IoT) applications. WiFi 6-enabled devices have to support different speeds, from various small IoT devices to high-speed streaming. For example, support for high-performance applications allows for installing corporate WiFi networks that typically have a lot of simultaneous users.
H3C is a Chinese scaleup that provides high-speed WiFi 6 routers. The startup’s WA6600 series supports 6 GHz WiFi 6 with up to 5 Gbps speeds. It supports all main WiFi 6 features, including MU-MIMO and orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) together with communication protocols for IoT. Some examples of applications for this solution include Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), radio-frequency identification (RFID), ZigBee, and ultra-wideband (UWB).
Vsora – Combining Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Signal Processing
Modern wireless protocols, like 5G and WiFi 6 require high-performance computational capabilities to provide high-quality connectivity. That is why there is a growing need for different types of integrated circuits (IC), especially to enable smooth network performance for high-speed applications. For example, emerging startups are working on digital signal processors (DSPs) that unite all communication hardware in a single package.
Vsora is a French startup that provides scalable, re-programmable, and software-driven DSPs and AI with high processing power. The startup allows its customers to choose different hardware configurations of arithmetic logic units (ALUs) per core and also offer a variable number of cores. Vsora’s custom designs further help minimize micro scheme die area and power consumption, making its solution capable of handling the requirements for the next-generation of autonomous vehicles (AVs).
ETA Wireless – WiFi-6 Power Management
One of the major challenges facing high-speed communication networks is high power consumption. Since current WiFi 6 devices are at an early stage of development, at higher speeds, they tend to consume a lot of power. To this end, startups and scaleups develop solutions to minimize power consumption for wireless networks.
The US-based startup ETA Wireless provides technology for decreasing power consumption of wireless communication networks, including WiFi 6. The startup’s ETAdvanced power management chip for wireless communications helps significantly reduce power consumption for smartphones, wearables, and IoT devices. The startup deploys its novel power amplifier architecture that constantly optimizes the energy consumption of devices. ETAdvanced further reduces the waste heat generation in smart devices, sometimes by up to 80%. This enables the development of smaller device designs that are not constrained by heat dissipation issues.
Ignition Design Labs – Multi-Channel Zero-Wait Bandwidth
WiFi 6 supports 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz frequencies. It uses a wider band range, sometimes up to 160 MHz, to support high-speed networks. However, this also creates radio interference if multiple devices are connected to the network. To increase speeds and support low-latency communication on multiple devices, additional bandwidths are utilized.
Ignition Design Labs is a US-based startup that provides multi-channel, zero-wait dynamic frequency selection (DFS) technology. This solution creates an additional 320 MHz of operating spectrum and provides fast channel hopping by employing dynamic load balancing and traffic avoidance. As a result, the startup is able to provide greater wireless capacity, speed, and coverage while also lowering latency. Ignition Design Labs supplies the solution in the form of a separate device or expansion module that is integrable into any new router or mesh network access point.
HackHunter – Detecting Unauthorized WiFi Networks
As with most wireless networks, WiFi 6 networks are also vulnerable to cyber risks and attacks. To prevent these attacks, WiFi networks use different cryptographic methods to encode messages. Still, this is not enough to secure WiFi networks from malicious attacks. This prompts emerging communication technology startups to develop techniques that help businesses, as well as households, handle their cybersecurity needs.
Australian startup HackHunter provides an innovative solution to accurately track and locate WiFi networks in real-time. The startup offers a range of devices including its Pursuit Tracker, Vision Continuous Monitoring, and HackHunter Air, to monitor WiFi networks for malicious activity. The Pursuit Tracker is a handheld device that incorporates directional precision to find WiFi sources. The Vision Continuous Monitoring device performs a 360-degree scanning for detecting unauthorized WiFi networks. HackHunter Air locates WiFi-operated drones to identify unauthorized drones and also the person controlling it.
What About The Other 36 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence and enable you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 WiFi 6 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 41 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.