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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 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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MRMA says:

Maybe we will see QS510 in next flagship phone from MS.

adrian1338 says:

They are supposed to be available 2015. dont think so

The way things are going, I wouldn't be surprised

Novron says:

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.

Aashish13 says:

Microsoft bought syntax tree

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. 

zicoz says:

I think the big usage scenario for this is stuff like Miracast.

Novron says:

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

offbeatbop says:

Put it in McLaren! (if it's available while they're developing it!)

Yangstax says:

You mean McLaren 2?  :-)

offbeatbop says:

whichever one is the windows phone with 3d touch that will be awesomeness personified.

Yugiro says:

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.

aitt says:

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

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lippidp says:

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.

The difference between wired and wireless speeds is enormous, if this helps to close the gap I'm all for it

Mad Strings says:

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.

xboxonthego3 says:

Edit. Removing my comment.

Well, never mind with my come back comment then too.

xboxonthego3 says:

Lol. Sorry. I changed my mind and didn't think it was worth arguing over. Didn't mean any offense.

Its fine, I understand your point though, need to give more evidence to back up my facts.

lippidp says:

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.

Novron says:

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.

Aaron M says:

Geez, I still don't even have an AC device.

funkyGeneral says:

Will it work with current gen n routers, our are we heading into a new she of updating and replacing equipment.

Th3 I3LooD says:

Obviously this is hardware dependent!

Eric Arc says:

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.

Eric Arc says:

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.

mister2d says:

I guess improving battery life just isn't sexy. I wish there was a continued push on this front.

Novron says:

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

Chris_Kez says:

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

blackprince says:

inculcate, interesting word.

Yugiro says:

thats my teacher in college favorite word!

eshy says:

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)