Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today at COMPUTEX TAIPEI demonstrated the industry’s first solutions that integrate 802.11ac Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth™ 4.0 connectivity for tablets and notebook computers. Qualcomm Atheros’ 1-, 2- and 3-stream solutions are part of the company’s end-to-end 802.11ac ecosystem, which is driving Gigabit-class wireless connectivity in mobile, computing, consumer electronics and networking products.
As consumers use tablets and notebooks to create, download and stream media files over wireless networks, Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ac solutions are designed to deliver connectivity with the speed and reliability essential to today’s mobile computing environments. Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ac offers more than three times the Wi-Fi performance of 802.11n per stream and is capable of delivering up to 1.3 Gbps PHY rates with the company’s 3-stream solutions. The new solutions also feature Bluetooth™ 4.0 with low-power mode for connecting mobile computers to wireless keyboards, headsets, speakers, printers and other peripherals while also conserving battery power.
Qualcomm Atheros is providing 802.11ac solutions that address a variety of mobile computing applications and will ensure end-product interoperability when the Wi-Fi Alliance begins its certification program in the first quarter of 2013. For tablets, the WCN3680 mobile 802.11ac solution features integrated Bluetooth 4.0 and FM capabilities. Paired with Qualcomm’s high-performance Snapdragon™ APQ8064 application processor, the solution delivers always-on, always-connected mobile computing experiences on tablet platforms. The WCN3680 supports 433 Mbps maximum PHY rates, with end-user throughput up to 200 Mbps for tablets based on Windows 8, Windows RT, Android and other Linux-based operating systems.
For notebooks, the QCA9862 and QCA9860 are 2- and 3-stream, dual-band 802.11ac solutions with integrated Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The PCIe-based designs support up to 1.3 Gbps (3-stream) or 867 Mbps (2-stream) PHY rates for notebooks operating on Windows and Linux-based operating systems. In addition, Qualcomm Atheros’ enhanced Fast Channel Switch (FCS) feature maximizes concurrent throughput and performance with access points and peer-to-peer connections.
All of Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ac solutions—from mobile to networking designs—are optimized to address the processing demands of 802.11ac. Their unique architecture features hardware acceleration to offload Wi-Fi processing from the host CPU. The resulting performance and power efficiencies enable users to enjoy Gigabit Wi-Fi without compromising on battery life.
“Qualcomm Atheros is the only company in the industry to offer integrated 802.11ac chipsets for virtually every device class,” said Amir Faintuch, senior vice president and general manager, consumer business unit, Qualcomm Atheros. “We are focused on delighting consumers by creating seamless computing experiences to enjoy 802.11ac capabilities while on the go, in addition to delivering standard-setting performance at home or work.”
Qualcomm Atheros is sampling its WCN3680 and QCA986x products to select customers now. For more information, please visit Qualcomm Atheros’ COMPUTEX exhibit at the Grand Hyatt, Residence II in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5-9, 2012.
About Qualcomm Atheros
Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a leading provider of wireless and wired technologies for the mobile, networking, computing and consumer electronics markets. The organization is focused on inventing technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all. With its broad connectivity portfolio, Qualcomm Atheros provides its global customer base with high-performance, end-to-end solutions, featuring Wi-Fi®, GNSS Location, Bluetooth®, Ethernet, HomePlug® powerline and passive optical networking (PON) technologies. Qualcomm Atheros leverages its substantial expertise in RF, signal processing, software and networking to deliver highly integrated, low-power, system-level solutions that enable customers to create high-performance, differentiated products. For more information, go www.qca.qualcomm.com.