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    Killer Wireless-N 1202 adds Bluetooth 4.0, saving room in a gaming laptop for something else

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    Qualcomm Atheros' Killer 1202 saves space by integrating Bluetooth

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    Killer Gaming builds network cards that prioritize internet traffic to ensure that games and other important applications don't get slowed down. It's all very cool, but as the world looks towards lighter laptops, space is at a premium, and it's hard for OEMs to pick a wireless card that only does Wi-Fi if they also want to offer Bluetooth to customers.

    Today, however, Killer (and parent company Qualcomm Atheros) are nipping worries in the bud by introducing the Killer Wireless-N 1202 wireless module. It's just like the existing Killer 1102 in every way — a two-antenna, dual-band multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) half-mini PCIe card with 802.11n a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, automatic traffic prioritization and visual bandwidth controls — except it now has Bluetooth 4.0 on board. Killer tells us it will be an upgrade for a "major laptop OEM" starting in May, though the company won't name names, but did add that said company will have a temporary exclusive on the technology. Expect to see it in gaming ultrabooks that can't afford the room, or perhaps in larger laptops that want to provide a mSATA port for an SSD boot drive or the like rather than spend that space on Bluetooth, but still want Killer's tech.

    Qualcomm Atheros also announced the Killer E2200, a wired ethernet version of the technology that will be embedded in gaming motherboards. That one's also destined for a gaming notebook in the near future from an undisclosed company.

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