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Qualcomm, Wilocity partner for WiFi chip

Posted: 06 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiFi? tri-band chipset? wired connectivity?

Qualcomm Atheros Inc. and Wilocity Inc. have developed what they tout as the industry's first tri-band chipset that integrates the multigigabit performance of in-room 60GHz band with seamless handoff to 2.4GHz and 5GHz band WiFi.

The AR9004TB, according to the two companies, is the first chipset that can support a wide range of applicationsfrom I/O to video to networking, at the same speeds as equivalent wired connectivity technologies.

The companies claim the chipset is a breakthrough in delivering the most seamless and high-performance wireless networking connectivity. It is compliant with existing standards and is interoperable. This allows device makers to deliver more than 10 times greater speed in WiFi performance, resulting in faster data and video transfers between devices, the companies said in a joint statement.

The chipset can also support more advanced devices and applications such as gaming to video streaming, smart synchronization and wireless docking. New fast session transfer technology in the AR9004TB will drive a seamless transition between multigigabit in-room performance to whole home and enterprise wireless coverage, the companies said.

Amir Faintuch, Qualcomm Alteros consumer business unit senior vice president and general manager, said the chipset has expanded the company's portfolio of wireless and wired connectivity solutions for the consumer and enterprise markets.

"By incorporating 60GHz multigigabit transfer with proven 802.11n WiFi technologies, Qualcomm Atheros and Wilocity are creating an even more valuable offering for customers looking to expand their presence in the market. AR9004TB will allow users to enjoy new generations of rich applications in the home and at work while also helping keep their devices and information fully synchronized," Faintuch said.

Wilocity vice president of marketing Mark Grodzinsky added, "The AR9004TB solution is the first to offer multigigabit WiFi and wireless bus extension, coupled with dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 for a truly wireless experience for a wide range of applications from I/O to networking to video," Grodzinsky said.

The chipset integrates support for 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 60GHz bands. This makes it the first chipset to bring standards-based, multigigabit wireless networking to the market, integrating 802.11n and WiGig/802.11ad technologies in the same form factor, according to Wilocity and Qualcomm Alteros.

The companies also said, consumers using devices embedded with the chipset will enjoy 802.11n WiFi for whole home connectivity along with 802.11ad for networked synchronization of HD movies in seconds (versus tens of minutes), I/O connection to USB3/SATA hard drives, instant "sync and go" between mobile platforms, streaming display to projectors/TVs/monitors, and high-performance wireless docking.

The 60GHz technology found in AR9004TB is based on the latest specifications from the Wireless Gigabit Alliance and IEEE 802.11ad and will be WiFi Alliance certified.

The AR9004TB also supports the latest Bluetooth 4.0 specification, which includes both high-speed and low-energy operation to extend personal area connectivity to a variety of devices. It includes a new message-based coexistence interface that allows superior interference avoidance and cancellation for WiFi and Bluetooth coexistence.

The two companies said sampling for the new chipset will start this summer.

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