Why Qualcomm Suddenly Likes 802.11n?

Andy pointed me to this story over at UnStrung. Qualcomm which has traditionally shunned the whole WiFI thing has joined the TGn Sync group working on developing the new 108-Mbit/s high-speed WiFi standard, 802.11n. Paul Jacobs, the new big Q in a conference call said, “The work we’re doing will be increasingly important to allow phones to share multimedia content with other consumer devices.” I think it is clear, the company wants to re-distribute the content being streamed/downloaded to the handset to be shared in a home environment. How about video clips on the handset being played back on Plasma screen. Or could it be that, Qualcomm wants to turn the “handset into a set-top box.” We will have to wait till end of 2005 to find out what really happens, as new 802.11n products come to market.


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