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 Adds LTE Cat 9 to Snapdragon 810
Qualcomm today announced it has improved the Snapdragon 810 processor by incorporating an LTE Category 9 Carrier Aggregation modem. With LTE Cat 9 on board, Qualcomm claims the 810 has reached download speeds of 450Mbps over three 20MHz LTE carriers in lab-based tests.
Qualcomm Boasts of Snapdragon 810 Support
Following reports of poor performance of its flagship Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm today rounded up support from a handful of handset makers that plan to use the chip. LG and Xiaomi have already committed to using the processor in the G Flex 2 and Mi Note Pro, respectively, and reiterated their trust in the processor.
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.
The cool WI-Fi boost that the Galaxy S5 offered wasn't picked up when most cell providers got their hands on it.