And another new chip for smart homes & appliances

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.

Check out the future of Wi-Fi (gigabit speeds)

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’s Atheros Buy and the Importance of Wi-Fi

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 Bid For Atheros is Focused on the Home

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.

Coming Soon to Your HD Home Theater…7Gbps

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.

Introducing…Your Next Phone!

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.

7 Wacky Wi-Fi Gadgets

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.