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Qualcomm bringing super fast WiFi to mobile devices

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Qualcomm bringing super fast WiFi to mobile devices
Over the past few weeks, we've seen some impressive things from Qualcomm, or actually, we've seen the Snapdragon S4 a number of times, but each time it's just as impressive as the last. First, we saw the S4's graphical benchmarks, then VoLTE on the S4, and finally more benchmarks of the S4. Now, we're learning that it won't just be the GPU and CPU that will be speedy on the S4, but the WiFi as well. 

It turns out that Qualcomm is integrating a combo WiFi/Bluetooth/FM chip to the Snapdragon S4 and other 28nm Snapdragon chips. The WiFi in that combo will be 802.11ac, which is a refinement of the 802.11n standard that runs only on the 5GHz spectrum band and not the extremely crowded 2.4GHz spectrum. This means WiFi data speeds up to a theoretical max of just under 500Mbps on a single link, but given the right setup, it could offer speeds much faster. 

We'll have to see what kind of real world speeds it gets, and we'll likely get some demos at MWC. 

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posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:32 6

1. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

WiFi tech has been kinda quiet in cell phones, but this is nice.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:46 6

2. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I feel like WiFi tech is going to pick up a little bit more. not much just little similar to this. Mostly because of the tiered data. With Verizon and AT&T not having unlimited data plans more people are going to be using WiFi. and we all know people love speed.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:48 2

3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

i hope the ISPs will lower their rates because of 4G!
now there's almost no difference in speed!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 00:50

4. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

How about the carriers start deployin WiFi networks. Maybe around an extra $10-20 and doesn't have to be everywher just major metropolitan areas and maybe with a 10nile radius around stores so we can either use WiFi or mobile data. Sounds reasonable plan to me.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 04:19

5. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

i like to see advances in technology. every little bit helps

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:46

6. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

This can be a good selling point cause lots of people prefer using WIFI and smartphone WIFI ranges have always been weak maybe due to the crowded spectrum. Hope others such as Intel and Nvidia keep this in mind for their smartphone chips

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