Qualcomm Atheros is releasing a family of new chips for 802.11ac — an emerging, faster wireless standard set to overtake 802.11n. If you're a manufacturer ogling Qualcomm's Snapdragon 4, the single-stream WCN3680 with 802.11ac and integrated Bluetooth and FM complements the Snapdragon's impressive benchmark scores and built-in 802.11b/g/n connectivity. On the other hand, if you're looking for a standalone Wi-Fi module, you could do worse than the QCA9860 (3-stream) and QCA9862 (2-stream) 802.11ac/a/b/g/n and Bluetooth combo chips. The modules offer up to 1.3Gbps transfer speeds, tying Broadcom's BCM4360, as well as some fancy CPU use-optimizing architecture for faster transfers and longer battery life. We're hoping to see some new 802.11ac devices at MWC next week, and we'll keep you posted with what we find.
Qualcomm Atheros announces 1.3Gbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi modules
Qualcomm Atheros announces 1.3Gbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi modules/
Qualcomm Atheros has announced a number of new 802.11ac Wi-Fi modules, the fastest of which support transfer rates up to 1.3Gbps.