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Qualcomm, Acer build 802.11ad Wi-Fi ecosystem with TravelMate notebooks and accessories

29 avr. 2016

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Whether it’s answering emails at the office or uploading important documents on the go, every professional needs two things: a great Wi-Fi connection and a reliable laptop. The new Acer TravelMate P series notebooks (the P658, P648, P238, and P446) do both, blending superior connectivity and a design that adapts to any work environment.

Featuring the latest tri-band Wi-Fi technology from Qualcomm Atheros, the new TravelMate P series offers the latest notebooks with 802.11ad wireless connectivity (also known as WiGig). In addition to working on the 2.4- and 5-GHz frequencies, tri-band Wi-Fi systems use the 60-GHz spectrum to deliver higher-capacity internet at multi-gigabit speeds. Supporting speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps—that’s 10 times faster than 802.11ac—the TravelMate P series is built to handle media-intensive downloads, streaming, and projecting, with a mere 30 milliseconds of latency. 

Don’t have an 802.11ad router yet? Not a problem. The TravelMate P series also works in parallel with 802.11ac, so it can connect to practically any Wi-Fi router available today.

Acer TravelMate P658 featuring tri-band WI-Fi technology from Qualcomm Atheros, with 802.11ad wireless connectivity

Hoping to boost productivity by decluttering your workspace? Acer also announced tri-band Wi-Fi in the ProDock Wireless. The optional dock harnesses WiGig speeds and multiple ports—DisplayPort, VGA, DVI, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB 3.0. It connects your laptop to all your accessories, storage devices, and displays wirelessly, providing virtually lag-free connectivity even when streaming 4K video.

Tri-band Wi-Fi can mean speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps—10X faster than 802.11ac.

Speed aside, the notebook also builds on the elegant design of the Acer TravelMate P645, which won the 2014 iF Design award, as well as the 2014 and 2015 Red Dot Design Award. Like this predecessor, the P series notebooks are versatile, and most models feature a slim glass and carbon fiber body, durable enough for the road, yet lightweight enough to carry back and forth to the office.

Acer ProDock Wireless featuring support for WiGig speeds

The TravelMate P series marries powerful graphics and processing for maximum productivity. With a wide range of features, the notebooks are engineered to seamlessly exchange, transfer, and sync information via USB 3.1 Type-C and USB 3.0 ports, and also NFC and LTE support with some models. Powering your other devices is also easier with power-off charging using USB 3.0 ports. Additionally, the notebooks feature Acer DustDefender, an innovative fan designed so your work isn’t derailed by slow performance. And, with certain models, the battery can last up to 8 hours, to help ensure that you can keep working even on a transcontinental flight.

Finally, with any work computer, security is paramount. The TravelMate P series includes Acer Disk Anti-Shock Protection (DASP), G-sensor protected HDDs, TPM 1.2, pre-boot fingerprint authentication support and Kensington locks, engineered to keep your data and hardware safe.

The Acer TravelMate P series is currently available in North America at authorized Acer resellers.

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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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