As people throw more connected devices into their homes, home modems and gateways need a box with more networking oomph. Qualcomm is building the silicon for that box.
Soon, there might be WiFi in everything around you. Earlier this morning, Atheros, a division of Qualcomm launched a new very low power consuming WiFi chip, AR4100P, that is focused on what is commonly known as the Internet of Things.
Faster in-home Wi-Fi is only a year or two away, says Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros, who said next generation Wi-Fi could deliver gigabit speeds making it better and faster. This is good because the technology is the work-horse of home networking.
Qualcomm has bought the WiFi and Bluetooth chipmaker Atheros for $45 per share, or about $3.1 billion. This would the wireless chipmaker’s b…
As the network rises in importance, Qualcomm wants to give every piece of it on the consumer side a sliver of intelligence (and maybe even an application processor in items such as set-top-boxes or residential gateways) and take a cut of the licensing revenue in return.
Qualcomm is reportedly in talk to buy Atheros, a rival wireless chipmaker in a deal valued at $3.5 billion, according to the New York Times. The deal enables Qualcomm to move beyond its cellular base and into wireless technologies gaining ground in the home and elsewhere.
The Wireless Gigabit Ethernet Alliance today came out with its first version of a standard designed to send video wirelessly around the home at transmission rates of 7 gigabits per second, or 10 times faster than what you can do using the fastest Wi-Fi out today.
The phone of the the not-so-distant future will be better — but not much bigger — than today’s devices. Unlike many of today’s phones, it won’t sport a keyboard, will have more radios, and will be even better able to function as a portable computer.
Atheros, a Wi-Fi chipmaker, said today it’s agreed to buy Intellon, a maker of chips that turn the home’s electrical network into…
I’m a big believer that Wi-Fi will come to dominate the home networking environment because of its ubiquity and familiarity to consumers. I got even more proof of it earlier this week. Behold, seven wacky examples of how Wi-Fi is moving way beyond computing equipment.