Today, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc, (a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated) announced two new connectivity solutions that will immediately solve some of the biggest challenges product developers face when creating connected devices for the Internet of Everything (IoE). Equally important, however, is that these solutions make for robust platforms that are designed to enable the most compelling IoE experiences to date.
The QCA401x is Qualcomm Atheros’ new flagship connectivity solution for the IoE and addresses the growing demand for increased integrated computing and memory for low-power Wi-Fi enabled products. The QCA401x joins the popular QCA4002/4 solution, which has now shipped in more than 35 million products around the world, as a custom-built solution for the IoE. It offers similar feature-rich and low-power Wi-Fi performance and adds a number of other defining features, including:
- A fully integrated MCU with free application memory up to 800KB
- A wide array of integrated interfaces to enable comprehensive flexibility of design
- Advanced security features including anti-tampering, data integrity and root of trust features
- A reduced footprint and low cost due to solution integration and optimization
The QCA4531 is a low-power design to meet international energy efficiency standards and leverages the Linux framework. The QCA4531 is also a very effective IoE hub, with a memory option to support numerous communication protocols as well as very large customer applications (for more complex devices). Essentially, a device utilizing the QCA4531 is able to act as a hub that understands and translates for devices using differing protocols to communicate around the home—a resolution to a major concern for IoE critics.
Each of the solutions here, the QCA4002/4, the QCA401x, and the QCA4531, are pre-integrated with the Allseen Alliance’s AllJoyn software framework. This portfolio, when brought alongside the leading Qualcomm Snapdragon, Bluetooth and powerline technologies, is deep and broad enough to connect almost any device. With these solutions, we’ve launched a fully integrated intelligent connectivity platform, addressed many security concerns, made multi-protocol capabilities available, and reached out to an expansive community of product developers leveraging the Linux framework.
This is what leadership looks like in the IoE.