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Networking solutions offer unlimited connectivity

Posted: 03 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless chipset? consumer electronics?

Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., has announced the AR9374, a single-chip, dual-band 802.11n MIMO solution that utilizes both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands.

According to the company, the AR9374 brings highly reliable wireless connectivity to fixed consumer electronics, enabling consumers to enjoy content everywhere in the home with connected TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, digital media adapters, home network-attached-storage, speakers, game consoles and wireless audio products. With an increased number of WiFi devices crowding the 2.4GHz band and the growing abundance of HD-quality media content, Qualcomm Atheros believes that consumers need the benefits of the 5GHz Wi-Fi band more than ever for uninterrupted downloads and smooth content streaming throughout the home.

Qualcomm Atheros has been moving the consumer electronics industry toward dual-band WiFi solutions that utilize both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands, enabling consumers to access cleaner spectrum for reliable media-rich applications that require interference-free bandwidth and minimal latency.

The AR9374 dual-stream chip also provides high bandwidth with 40MHz transmissions to support high data rate applications without the limitations associated with previous WiFi standards.

In addition to the AR9374, Qualcomm Atheros has also announced its recently expanded HyFi hybrid networking solutions that integrate leading WiFi, HomePlug AV powerline and Ethernet connectivity technologies to ensure HD content delivery to fixed and mobile devices. The expanded HyFi solutions incorporate SmartLink, a new powerline technology that increases coverage by transferring data across all three electrical wiresline, neutral and groundto extend the seamless multiroom HD video experience without the need for additional wiring inside the home.

"The ongoing proliferation of connected devices within the home continues to drive tremendous momentum within the networking industry," said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Athero's networking business unit. "Qualcomm Atheros' expanding portfolio of solutions is playing a critical role in helping both device manufacturers and consumers take advantage of the technological advancements taking place in both wired and wireless networking and connectivity. Our commitment to continue driving the transition to 5GHz WiFi and next-generation powerline networking will help consumers realize the full potential of even more powerful devices, applications and experiences, whether with gaming, HD-video streaming or smart synchronization between devices."

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