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April 07, 2014

Qualcomm Atheros Unveils New Tech to Boost Network Capacity

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Qualcomm Atheros (News - Alert) recently introduced the Qualcomm VIVE 4-stream 802.11ac solution, which features multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) capabilities to help enhance the performance of all types of connected devices in a Wi-Fi environment.

Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president of Qualcomm (News - Alert) Atheros, explained, “Great connectivity is not just about increasing the absolute speed. It’s about making better use of network and airtime efficiency to support the growing number of connected devices, services and applications.”

The company has developed a precision-based algorithm technology which optimizes channel behavior in crowded environments. The algorithm-based technology, along with Qualcomm Internet processor and StreamBoost technologies, will boost network capacity making the solution suitable for the use of Wi-Fi devices at homes, offices and public hotspots.

In traditional Wi-Fi deployments, clients are served sequentially allowing only one device to send and receive information, utilizing a small portion of the network.  These sequential events will tend to reduce throughput and capacity when additional devices are added, especially when on-demand high resolution video content is accessed.

On the other hand MU-MIMO augments Wi-Fi networks enabling simultaneous transmission to groups of clients by using more network capacity. This increases the efficiency of Wi-Fi networks and the speed of transmissions.

The Atheros technology can also adapt to changes in channel conditions, device movement and application requirements to increase throughput. This optimizes performance and bandwidth usage and also ensures better connections in complex multi-user networks. All the Wi-Fi devices on a VIVE 11ac network get optimum connectivity.

Qualcomm Atheros has also launched a complete ecosystem of solutions for networking products encompassing smartphones, tablets, computers, consumer electronics and automobiles to extend the benefits of MU-MIMO for more Wi-Fi users.

Recently Intrinsyc Software (News - Alert) International a developer of mobile and embedded devices introduced its mobile development platform tablet based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. The MDP/T is designed to provide application developers and device manufacturers with early access to a high-performance mobile platform, for developing, testing, optimizing and showcasing next-generation apps and games.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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