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Qualcomm Powers Wi-Fi 6 With New Hardware, Goes Beyond Cellular Networks

Qualcomm has introduced four new Wi-Fi 6 platforms as it hopes to accelerate the adoption of the latest wireless standard.

Its official IEEE name, 802.11ax beforehand identified the standard; however, now it has been given a more pleasant name by the Wi-Fi Alliance in a bid to make things simpler for customers to grasp.

The step comes as the corporate looks to diversify beyond its traditionally sturdy areas of smartphone platforms and modems, although it has been active in Wi-Fi chips for a while, especially for web networking gadgets over a previous couple of years.

Recent times have seen it shift into putting Snapdragon into Windows laptops, also, though adoption has been sluggish thus far and the notebooks themselves rather underwhelming.

The Wi-Fi introduction took place at a particular Wi-Fi 6 day in San Francisco where Qualcomm talked discussed how Wi-Fi 6 differs from 5G, but in addition, how home and corporate Wi-Fi routers of the future will be able to seamlessly hand-off gadgets – mobile phones particularly – from Wi-Fi to mobile connections.

Indeed, Qualcomm’s Christiano Amon discussed how the corporate might be able to sell both chips to firms making networking gadgets so they can give maximum coverage over wider fields.

Many Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and 855+-based smartphones have FastConnect, enabling faster switching between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and different non-cellular connections. Future FastConnect tech will support Uplink MU-MIMO, which primarily means a router can provide better service more than one gadgets simultaneously without having to change connections between them.

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