Unreliable connections and glacially slow downloads are just two of the nightmares that afflict users connecting to the Internet through Wi-Fi hotspots. As bad as that can be for users hoping to surf the Web from their local Starbucks, the problem can be even more acute for businesses relying on Internet connectivity to support their operations.
Qualcomm believes it may have a solution in the form of a new high-performance enterprise platform developed by its Atheros subsidiary. The platform is powered by a new processor and uses multi-user multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO) technology. According to the company, it can ease data congestion across enterprise networks and make Wi-Fi networks up to three times faster.
'Wi with a Lot More Fi'
The trouble with many Wi-Fi networks has been the sheer number of devices now pinging network access points. MU-MIMO, one of the components included in the recently approved 802.11ac wireless network standard, is designed to address that problem by allowing multiple devices to download data from an access point simultaneously.
Qualcomm is also introducing its second-generation VIVE solutions in the new platform, which the company says will reduce data congestion even further by allowing several hundred devices connect to a single access point at once. The company has been promoting VIVE as "Wi with a lot more Fi."
"The BYOD [bring your own device] phenomenon, coupled with a rapid growth of media-rich applications, has accelerated the need for faster connectivity and enterprise-grade security," said Irvind Ghai, senior director for product management at Qualcomm Atheros. "The powerhouse combination of the Qualcomm Internet Processor and VIVE with MU | EFX will profoundly improve workplace connectivity and productivity to deliver reliable, always-on access to business-critical information, systems and cloud services."
Access Points from Ruckus
Ruckus Wireless, a Wi-Fi hardware original equipment manufacturer, has already announced its support for Qualcomm's platform and will be building access points based on the technology.
"The arrival of 802.11ac technology and more powerful, 5 GHz-capable mobile devices, combined with non-stop proliferation of public and private Wi-Fi networks everywhere, will drive the next phase of growth for the enterprise and service provider Wi-Fi markets," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
"The new MU-MIMO technology in 802.11ac Wave 2 is critical for injecting more capacity and supporting more concurrent devices in next-generation Wi-Fi networks to keep up with relentless mobile usage and traffic growth. Qualcomm Atheros' leadership and innovations in 802.11ac are integral to advancing Wi-Fi's capabilities and continued viability in enterprise and service-provider networks."
The enterprise platform will also support advanced enterprise features, such as seamless mobility with Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint, precise indoor location capabilities and high-resolution spectral analysis, and will boast 4.9 GHz and 5/10 MHz bandwidth channels. The system will run on the IPQ806x processor, an architecture that benefits from a low-power draw, allowing access points based on them to be powered by a standard Ethernet cable. The IPQ family features Qualcomm's dual-core 1.4GHz Krait central processing unit.
The IPQ lines' lower power draw also results in less heat generated by network equipment, allowing for the development of much smaller, more cost-effective products without the need for fans or heat-sinks.
Posted: 2014-12-22 @ 4:32pm PT
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