Qualcomm Acquires Wilocity, Adds WiGig to Snapdragon 810
Qualcomm announced that it has acquired Wilocity, a company that develops advanced Wi-Fi technology. Wilocity is among the first to adopt WiGig, which is 60GHz Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard. The 60GHz technology works with regular Wi-Fi by creating zones of high-speed connectivity that boost speeds into the multi-gigabit range. Qualcomm plans to create tri-band Wi-Fi radios that support 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 60GHz. Many of today's high-end smartphones support dual-band Wi-Fi, which is 2.4GHz and 5GHz. In addition to acquiring Wilocity, Qualcomm said it will add WiGig to the Snapdragon 810 processor for mobile devices. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 810 will be the first chip to support WiGig, and it will be capable of supporting 4K video streaming, peer-to-peer content sharing, wireless docking, and other high-capacity applications. Qualcomm believes WiGig will be important in relieving traditional cellular networks down the road by allowing them to offload cellular data traffic to WiGig. Qualcomm did not disclose the terms of the deal, nor did it say when it expects the Snapdragon 810 to appear in consumer devices.
WiFi Alliance to Start Certifying WiGig Gear
The WiFi Alliance today said much faster WiFi is coming to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other gear starting next year. The organization announced the WiFi Certified WiGig program, which will ensure compatibility between various WiFi technologies.
Qualcomm Intros 802.11ad 60 GHz WiFi for Phones
Qualcomm and Letv today announced the first phone with the Snapdragon 820 and Wi-Fi 802.11ad, which operates in the very high-frequency 60 GHz radio band. The Letv Le Max Pro also includes Qualcomm's Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
Huawei Takes Aim at Snapdragon 810 with Kirin 950
Huawei today announced the Kirin 950 chipset for phones, which is designed to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chipsets in higher-end phones. Huawei claims that the 950 is 25% faster and 44% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's current flagship chip.
Qualcomm Fully Reveals the Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm today unveiled the Snapdragon 820 processor, a top-of-the-line chip bound for flagship handsets and tablets. The 820 features a Qualcomm-designed, 64-bit quad-core Kryo processor.
The cool WI-Fi boost that the Galaxy S5 offered wasn't picked up when most cell providers got their hands on it.