Qualcomm’s 802.11ac tech may be rolled out simultaneous for access point chips and end-use devices

Qualcomm’s 802.11ac tech may be rolled out simultaneous for access point chips a

Qualcomm Atheros' wireless networking 802.11ac technology will probably be rolled out simultaneous for both access point chips and end-use devices, Qualcomm senior vice president Rob Chandhok said.

The first batch of 802.11ac chipsets are expected to be released late this year or early next year, depending on the confirmation of the engineering standard by an industry consortium.

Speaking on the topic, Chandhok said, "The adoption is going to be much faster once it's ready. We're going to drive this into the market."

In the past, industry players have battled with one another over the standards and released access point chips ahead of the roll out of device-side chips.

But, Chandhok claimed that this time there would be less wrangling over the standard among companies.

Qualcomm Atheros, a division of Qualcomm, announced its ecosystem support around 802.11ac technology just a few days ahead of upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona.

Qualcomm Atheros claims its 802.11ac chips will be used in home and office networking equipments, smartphones, laptops, tablets PCs, TVs, home routers and enterprise access points.

802.11ac is the next generation of Wi-Fi which operates in the same 5GHz band of the radio spectrum as its predecessors, but it much faster as it makes use of a wider channel- at 80 megahertz instead of 40- to deliver data.

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