Qualcomm’s iZat indoor geo-location technology may be buried inside millions of newer smartphones, but there are only 21 malls where you can use it today, and they’re all in South Korea.
As people throw more connected devices into their homes, home modems and gateways need a box with more networking oomph. Qualcomm is building the silicon for that box.
Too many connected devices downloading, streaming or uploading in the home can choke a home network, and there’s not much average consumers can do about it. But Qualcomm hopes that its new StreamBooost technology will help make the router –and home networks — smarter and better.
Intel has taken the top spot when it comes to semiconductor market share, making 15.6 percent of the overall chips sold in the world, according to IHS iSuppli. This year it made more money on more products — achieving a market share it hasn’t seen since 2001.
Soon, there might be WiFi in everything around you. Earlier this morning, Atheros, a division of Qualcomm launched a new very low power consuming WiFi chip, AR4100P, that is focused on what is commonly known as the Internet of Things.
Faster in-home Wi-Fi is only a year or two away, says Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros, who said next generation Wi-Fi could deliver gigabit speeds making it better and faster. This is good because the technology is the work-horse of home networking.
Qualcomm has bought the WiFi and Bluetooth chipmaker Atheros for $45 per share, or about $3.1 billion. This would the wireless chipmaker’s b…
As the network rises in importance, Qualcomm wants to give every piece of it on the consumer side a sliver of intelligence (and maybe even an application processor in items such as set-top-boxes or residential gateways) and take a cut of the licensing revenue in return.
Qualcomm is reportedly in talk to buy Atheros, a rival wireless chipmaker in a deal valued at $3.5 billion, according to the New York Times. The deal enables Qualcomm to move beyond its cellular base and into wireless technologies gaining ground in the home and elsewhere.
Wi-Fi was hot last year and it’s only getting hotter in 2010 as the availability of personal hotspots such as the Mi-Fi and the rise of the Direct Wi-Fi standard mean that putting a Wi-Fi chip in anything makes the device more useful.