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WiGig: wireless connectivity at incredible speeds

6. Nov. 2014

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At our recent Connectivity Workshop, we demonstrated some exciting new technology that’s going to revolutionize your home wireless network. One of these is multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, or simply: WiGig.

We showed off the power of our next-generation QCA9500 chipsets by streaming 4K video from a WiGig-enabled tablet featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor to a 4K display at 1.7Gbps with plenty of bandwidth to spare. That’s because WiGig is designed to deliver multi-gigabit wireless speeds—currently up to 4.6 Gbps. There’s no wait and no delay, even if multiple users or devices are streaming over the channel.

Traditional Wi-Fi networks send and receive data over the 2.4- and 5-gigahertz (GHz) frequency bands, while WiGig operates on the virtually un-used 60 GHz band. The two main differences between Wi-Fi and WiGig are speed and range. Wi-Fi is still perfect for delivering wireless connectivity throughout your entire home. Where WiGig shines is in living rooms, home theaters, and workplace conference rooms—anywhere you need ultra-fast, high-capacity connectivity.

Over WiGig you’ll be able to upload 1000 pictures in just five seconds, or download an entire feature-length movie in only three minutes. Imagine a completely wireless desktop or entertainment center without cables or connectors between displays, printers, speakers, storage devices and other peripherals. Or add an ultra-fast zone in the living room so that you’ll never experience that annoying buffering lag with streamed content again. Suffice it to say, it was pretty incredible to see all this running on live machines during the event.

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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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