The Qualcomm Atheros QCA9880 s a highly integrated wireless local area network (WLAN) system-on-chip (SoC) for 5 GHz 802.11ac or 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n WLAN applications. The QCA9880 integrates an on-board CPU for low-level setup of WLAN physical layer (PHY) and RF to offload the host processor for other tasks. It enables high-performance 3×3 MIMO with three spatial streams for wireless applications demanding the highest robust link quality and maximum throughput and range. The QCA9880 integrates a multi-protocol MAC, PHY, analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converters (ADC/DAC), 3×3 MIMO radio transceivers, and PCI Express interface in an all-CMOS device for low power consumption and small form-factor applications.
The QCA9880 implements half-duplex OFDM, CCK, and DSSS PHY, supporting 1.3 GBps for 802.11ac 80 MHz channel operation. It supports 802.11n up to 216.7 Mbps for 20 MHz and 450 Mbps for 40 MHz channel operations, and IEEE 802.11a/b/g data rates. Additional features include Maximal Likelihood (ML) decoding, Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC), Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC), Space Time Block Code (STBC), and On-Chip One-Time Programmable (OTP) memory to eliminate the need for an external flash and to further reduce the external component count and BOM cost. The QCA9880 supports 802.11 wireless MAC protocol, 802.11i security, Rx/Tx filtering, error recovery, and 802.11e quality of service (QoS).