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Qualcomm Conducts First Demonstration of 802.11ac Solutions

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:28am
WDD Staff

San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., will be at Computex June 3-6 showcasing a number of connectivity solutions, including the industry’s first live demonstration of its Qualcomm® VIVE™ 4-stream 802.11ac chipsets with multi-user, multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO), also known as 11ac 2.0. Qualcomm Atheros pioneered MU-MIMO technology and is developing 11ac 2.0 products for use in mobile, computing, networking, consumer electronics, and automotive; the demonstration will showcase how two to three times greater network efficiency will enable unprecedented performance for the next-generation of Wi-Fi® devices.

Previous Wi-Fi technologies (including the first generation of 802.11ac) were based on single-user MIMO, where devices are served sequentially—with one device sending and receiving information at a time—which uses a minimal portion of network capacity. MU-MIMO improves Wi-Fi network operation, enabling simultaneous transmissions to groups of devices, therefore making better use of network capacity. The demonstration at Computex will showcase the use of MU-MIMO technology between an AP and multiple devices, increasing the use of network capacity for two to three times performance improvement. The QCA998x and the QCA999x networking solutions with MU-MIMO are currently sampling, and the necessary receive functions are built into the Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 11ac 2.0 client solutions, which are supported on the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810, 808, and 805 mobile platforms.

In addition to showing its latest Wi-Fi innovations, Qualcomm Atheros will be demonstrating other technologies for the connected home. The company will be showcasing smart gateways with the immense processing power of the Qualcomm® Internet Processor (IPQ), which supports the next generation of connected devices, applications, systems and things for consumers in their homes. To highlight the usefulness of apps running on an IPQ-based gateway, Qualcomm Atheros will be showing a variety of innovative services, including:

  • Qualcomm® StreamBoost™ technology. which intelligently manages network bandwidth of applications to provide users with the best online experience.
  • Lionic – a networking and mobile security application developer that has created a powerful antivirus solution that utilizes the processing power of IPQ to conduct virus scanning at high data rates.
  • Qustodio – the leading parental control solution that helps parents protect, understand, and manage their children’s Internet activity across all devices in the home. Qustodio leverages StreamBoost APIs to offer enhanced features like application detection and advanced application control directly from the router.

Devices featuring IPQ are expected in the second half of 2014.

Qualcomm Atheros is also showcasing the industry’s first Gigabit hybrid network, which combines 11ac Wi-Fi and HomePlug AV2 powerline to deliver robust connectivity to both wired and wireless devices. The latest Qualcomm® Hy-Fi™ technology extends the smart gateway platform to enable seamless connectivity to support bandwidth-intensive applications and services throughout the home.

“Home networks today must be able to keep pace with users’ preferences for accessing and interacting with digital media from any device with minimal to no network latency,” said Todd Antes, vice president, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “Our technology demonstrations at Computex showcase our innovative Wi-Fi connectivity technologies – from solutions to improve network efficiency to adding intelligence to access points – thus enriching consumers’ connected experiences.” 

Qualcomm Atheros will demonstrate its MU-MIMO, smart gateway technologies and HomePlug AV2 11ac hybrid solution at Computex in Taipei at the W Hotel, June 3-6, 2014.

For more information visit qca.qualcomm.com.

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