Qualcomm gains velocity with Wi-Fi takeover

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Qualcomm has completed its takeover of Wilocity, which develops 60GHz WiGig wireless chipsets, as it launches a new range of tri-band platforms to support the likes of 4K video and content sharing.

The vendor has invested in Wilocity since 2008 and been working with it on tri-band solutions for the computing sector since 2011. Qualcomm is using its Snapdragon 810 processor to support new tri-band wireless products.

Wilocity CEO Tal Tamir said: "The Wilocity team will build upon Qualcomm's strengths and leadership to collaboratively deliver innovative wireless technology for mobile, computing and networking customers to address the needs of an increasingly connected world."

Qualcomm said its new tri-band Wi-Fi solution combines multi-gigabit capability of the 802.11ad standard at 60GHz, 802.11ac at the 5GHz band and 802.11b/g/n at the 2.4GHz band.

By rolling in 60GHz capabilities into its mobile platforms, Qualcomm said it is able to give users "near instantaneous access" to the cloud and increased cellular network offload.

Amir Faintech, President of Qualcomm Atheros, commented: "WiGig will play an increasingly important role in tablet and computing requirements to support applications such as immediate streaming of 4K video and high throughput peer-to-peer communication to enable the next generation of social interactions between users sharing content.

"Combining multi-gigabit speeds and low energy use, WiGig technology will strengthen Qualcomm Atheros' connectivity leadership and create exciting new experiences that will accelerate the commercialisation and adoption of 802.11ad technology.

"Ultimately, the integration of WiGig will help Qualcomm fulfill its 1000x vision to densify the network to address increasing mobile data demand."

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