Our living rooms today are veritable technology exhibits filled with smartphones, computers, televisions, streaming boxes, game consoles, remotes, and more. Unfortunately, many of these devices don’t work in concert; they weren’t designed to connect wirelessly to one another or interoperate in multi-screen, multi-stream environments. You probably notice this when your streaming box sluggishly casts online video to an external monitor, or when your remote or gaming controller struggles to communicate with your smart TV.
These annoyances are all too common, which is why Qualcomm Technologies introduced two breakthrough solutions at IFA 2016 that are designed to unify the home entertainment ecosystem and stimulate more immersive media experiences.
The first solution, the QCA9379 chipset, is an integrated Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip for smart TVs and home entertainment devices, engineered to put an end to ineffective connections between remotes, video game controllers, and TVs. Bluetooth 4.2 with length data extensions is designed to allow users to connect to remote controls and gaming accessories wirelessly even when there isn’t a direct line-of-sight connection, creating easy-to-use, responsive gaming products.
The QCA9379 includes technology engineered to manage the interoperation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in the same radio band, which helps prioritize delay-sensitive transmissions in loaded networks, designed so you’ll no longer have to repeat important gaming maneuvers or voice commands.
Video quality and connectivity are also greatly enhanced with the QCA9379 chip. It features the newest Wi-Fi 802.11ac with support for MU-MIMO, so your bandwidth-intensive 4K video comes in quickly and crisply. Distance is also less of a limiting factor because a higher transmit power in the QCA9379 is engineered to improve performance and range through walls and floors. And when you want to receive video and cast it elsewhere, the QCA9379 offers dual-stream capabilities that facilitate smooth exchanges between devices.
Finally, the QCA9379 chip is designed to be an affordable home entertainment solution for manufacturers and consumers. Because the technology integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a power amplifier, and a low-noise amplifier under the same hood, it is designed to allow manufacturers to optimize for cost, and for consumers to save money on their next smart TV.
Another Qualcomm Technologies’ home entertainment solution debuting at IFA this year is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 media reference platform, a 4K Ultra HD media reference box platform that features the premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Today’s active TV viewers, gamers, and media box streamers demand flawless and robust media experiences. This new platform is designed to help manufacturers accelerate development and deliver stunning graphics, rich user interfaces, and smooth, concurrent app use. The media box reference platform also features gigabit ethernet and dual-stream Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity for brisk streaming, and Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Classic for superior device and voice communications.
The QCA9379 is sampling now, and devices with the chip are expected to be available in Q4 2016. The Snapdragon 820 media box reference platform is also available, with commercial devices expected by end of the year.