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Delivering on a promise: Wi-Fi to its maximum effect


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Here’s something you may already know: Qualcomm is committed to making mobile experiences better—whether you’re connected over cellular or Wi-Fi®. Case-in-point: our first-to-market 11ac solutions with MU-MIMO technology, which can triple your Wi-Fi speeds. Now here’s something you don’t: our MU-MIMO technology can also be a game changer for notebooks, TVs, cameras, and other electronics on your home network. Thanks to the new QCA9377 chip, we are the only vendor to provide an end-to-end ecosystem of 11ac solutions with MU-MIMO—which can help everyone on your network experience Wi-Fi to its maximum effect. Now that’s commitment.

You may recall MU-MIMO (or as we dub it, Qualcomm® MU | EFX) is the technology that allows your router to multi-task like never before, and it made a big splash when we announced it in April. With an exploding number of devices using Wi-Fi for more intense media and data traffic, older routers may struggle to keep up. By serving more devices at once (instead of one at a time), Qualcomm® VIVE™ with MU | EFX can make better use of your airwaves, which means up to 3x faster Wi-Fi for every smartphone, tablet, PC or TV.

Leading home networking manufacturers are already introducing products with MU | EFX technology, and we are enabling mobile customers to offer the feature in upcoming smartphones and tablets. Now the QCA9377 will extend the performance advantages of MU | EFX to a new set of consumer electronics and computing devices.

MU | EFX is not just for laptops and notebooks, but also connected TVs, media adapters, audio, gaming systems, and more. With the QCA9377 optimized for energy efficiency, your devices could benefit from extended battery life too.

We are conducting the industry’s first over-the-air, end-to-end MU-MIMO demonstration at Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, October 21-23. It will showcase an 802.11ac router with MU | EFX, the latest in excellent connectivity. Visit us at stand MR5 to see the demo and learn more about Qualcomm VIVE with MU | EFX.

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Kyle Buyers

Manager, Qualcomm Atheros

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Guest blogger Mike Feibus is Principal Analyst of Feibus Tech. He is a well-recognized and oft-quoted expert on connected health and fitness, smart home, connected car, augmented reality/virtual reality, privacy and security. Feibus is also a regular technology columnist for USA TODAY and Fortune. The views expressed are the author’s own, and do not necessarily represent the views of Qualcomm.

The demand on Wi-Fi networks has changed. But Wi-Fi technology has been sometimes slow to respond.

Indeed, the proliferation of connected devices combined with exploding demand for video streaming is straining Wi-Fi deployments across the globe most glaringly on congested networks during peak usage times.

FeibusTech believes that the just-announced 802.11ax Wi-Fi chipsets from Qualcomm Technologies are set to change all that. The wireless pioneer unveiled a new approach to the evolution of Wi-Fi with a pair of chipsets that support 802.11ax. The emerging industry standard borrows cellular-industry advances to help Wi-Fi serve much more data to many more devices. The two chipsets the IPQ8074 for routers and the QCA6290 for laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other client devices — together make up the first comprehensive offering announced for the developing Wi-Fi standard.

Now, finally, the focus of Wi-Fi development is shifting from optimizing bandwidth connection speeds to an individual device to maximizing capacity. That is, ensuring that all devices on crowded networks get the bandwidth they need. The market needs to understand that capacity, not peak speed, is the most important measure for Wi-Fi networks, and that is why we think 802.11ax is a game changer.

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