WiFi Alliance Promises Faster WiFi Is On the Horizon
The WiFi Alliance today announced an expansion of its WiFi Certified ac program in an attempt to boost the speed and capacity of WiFi routers and other WiFi-equipped devices. Specifically, devices won't receive WiFi Certified ac status unless they make improvements to several core functions. First on the list is MU-MIMO, which lets routers multitask and send data to multiple devices at a time. This improves throughput and efficiency in any given network. Second, WiFi Certified ac now supports four spatial streams, up from three, to connect to more devices. Third, the certification program increases the maximum channel bandwidth from 80 MHz to 160 MHz for doubling speeds. Last, WiFi Certified ac extends support for more channels in the 5 GHz band, which should allow routers make more efficient use of the spectrum. Select chips from Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Quantenna have already been approved for WiFi Certified ac and can be used to test the technology in device designs. The WiFi Alliance expects WiFi Certified ac products to proliferate over the next five years.
Snapdragon 845 Boasts Advanced Imaging Tools and AI Smarts
Dec 6, 2017
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, its flagship system-on-a-chip for 2018. Qualcomm expects the module to form the core of next year's top smartphones, which it will endow with multimedia smarts for both audio and video.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
May 2, 2017
T-Mobile today said it plans to use some of its recently acquired 600 MHz spectrum to support a future 5G network. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC earlier this year.
Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's Latest Acquisition Offer, But Leaves Door Open
Feb 8, 2018
Qualcomm's board of directors today unanimously rejected Broadcom's revised bid to acquire the company for $121 billion. Qualcomm's board continues to insist that Broadcom is undervaluing Qualcomm's overall worth.
Qualcomm Says Broadcom's Overtures Not Striking Right Notes
Feb 16, 2018
Qualcomm today said Broadcom's acquisition offer simply isn't good enough as currently proposed. The companies met earlier this week to go over some of the finer points of Broadcom's $121 billion bid to purchase Qualcomm, and Qualcomm still came away leery that the deal won't work out.