Qualcomm to integrate multi-gigabyte WiGig technology in Snapdragon 810


Qualcomm's latest acquisition has the potential to change the way we consume data on mobile devices. The chipset vendor announced yesterday that it has acquired Wilocity, a company specializing in advanced Wi-Fi technologies like the IEEE 802.11ad standard, which is referred to as WiGig.

WiGig works on the 60GHz band, which brings multi-gigabit speeds to mobile devices. In comparison, the Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard that is currently being implemented supports theoretical bandwidth of 1 Gbit/sec. Along with much greater bandwidth, WiGig brings better power efficiency and significant capacity improvements.

Qualcomm is set to begin integrating this standard into its upcoming hardware, and has mentioned that that the Snapdragon 810 would be the first SoC to feature tri-band connectivity, which includes the traditional 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands along with the 60GHz WiGig frequency band. Qualcomm says that by integration the 60GHz band, users will have the ability to undertake high capacity tasks like 4K video streaming, peer-to-peer content sharing, networking, wireless docking, and backing up entire media libraries in seconds.

With the WiGig standard, Qualcomm is pushing for near-instantaneous connection to the cloud via Wi-Fi and mentions that such a technology would serve to offload cellular traffic data in the near future. The move to integrate the 60 Ghz band ahead of other vendors like MediaTek, Samsung, Intel, Broadcom and others is sure to give Qualcomm a noticeable headstart, as other vendors are still looking to inculcate the 5 GHz band into their SoCs.

To know more about the technology, check out WiGig's official page that details the standard at Wi-Fi.org. As to when we'll see this technology in consumer devices, Qualcomm has previously said the first Snapdragon 810 products are expected to ship mid-2015.

Source: Qualcomm


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Qualcomm to integrate multi-gigabyte WiGig technology in Snapdragon 810


It doesn't really matter. It's useless unless you have compatible hardware. It'll take awhile before the market sees hardware you could even use it with.

While its all nice & fancy to read, the actual net speeds (at least in my country) do not allow "near-instantaneous connections".
But still, as always, I'd like to see it implemented in future WP devices. 

WiGig has nothing to do with net speed. It's more like a close range massive bandwidth Bluetooth. Interoperable between your compatible equipment.

McLaren will be announced even before the chip will come out in the market. But sure Mclaren will be available in the market the same time the 810 will come out in the market. So yeah, Mclaren will be outdated again.

801 and 805 barely being utilized and now the 810. Technology sucks.

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Near-instantaneous connectivity to the cloud via WiFi? Someone knows nothing about networking. WiFi gets you to your ISP or hotspot's internet connection, which isn't going to be gigabit. This is like those guys that drive 100 mph to get to the traffic jam ahead. It will be great for LANs, but won't help WANs.

Is that why whether I used a wired or wireless connection, it is the same speed? I have tested that theory many times.

I can assure you if you have fast enough internet you will be able to see a difference between wired and wireless i.e. me and my roommate both decided to download the same game at different times. When I downloaded the game I was wired and had a consistent download speed of about 7Mb/s while my roommate who was using wireless averaged about 4Mb/s per second of the same connection, just using wireless.

Oh, definitely! Don't get me wrong. I'm just saying you won't be able to stream your favorite episode of Duck Dynasty any faster unless you get a faster internet connection from your ISP.

Minimal impact. WiGig is extremely short range around 5 or 6 feet. The most practical use is wireless monitors, hard drives, and other peripherals. It has the potential to clean up a lot of your cables.

As mentioned, this is using the 802.11ad standard which is not yet available to the market. As most mobile devices still have the 802.11n standard, so you can still use your current 802.11n 2.4GHz router. But you will not benefit from the high speed connection that uses 5GHz and 60Ghz bandwidth used in the ac/ad standard. I can go more technical in terms, but that's that.

802.11ac routers have been out for at least 2 years, you can buy an old model to try out the faster connection. Personal fav Is Asus.

MS is working on it. They claim they can boost duration 50% by using two small batteries instead of one.

Maybe an opportunity for Microsoft to do something next summer with Windows 9 and some new phone/tablet hardware. Probably not, though.

Specialized as in created the technology and then led the process to make it a standard. They're already working on the next upgrade (10X the speeds of 802.11ad)