NitroQAM is the Broadcom name for non-standard 1024-QAM support on 802.11ac and 802.11n enabling a 25% higher data rate compared to standard rates.
Maximum Data Rate per spatial stream @ 40MHz for 802.11n and 80MHz for 802.11ac:
|802.11n||150Mbps (64-QAM)||200Mbps (256-QAM)||250Mbps (1024-QAM)|
|802.11ac||433Mbps (256-QAM)||N/A||~540Mbps (1024-QAM)|
To make use of this technology you will need a compatible adapter and an extremely good signal.