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Following up the announcement of details on the Snapdragon 821, Qualcomm is also announcing a dedicated standalone VR HMD running Snapdragon 820 as a reference design which was designed in partnership with Goertek as the ODM. The VR820 reference design has a 1440x1440 AMOLED display per eye at 70 Hz and can display 4K at 70 FPS with HEVC. This reference design uses Android and supports the 6DoF Tango APIs, so head tracking is seamless. Motion to photon latency is 18 ms which is probably at least comparable to the Gear VR. The VR820 reference design will be available Q4 2016 and commercial devices based on this reference design will be available next year. For wearables, the major announcement that Qualcomm has of note is...

Qualcomm Launches New GigaDSL, 802.11ac Wave 2 Chipsets

At Computex today, Qualcomm Atheros announced a few new chipsets, and it seems that as a part of their Ikanos acquisition they’ve entered the wireline business in the hopes...

3 by Joshua Ho on 5/30/2016

Broadcom at MWC 2015: BCM4359 and BCM43455 Wifi Combo Chips Announced

Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for...

6 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/2/2015

Qualcomm @ MWC 2015: Cat 11 LTE, Cat 6 Dual-Sim LTE, & LTE/Wi-Fi Link Aggregation

Not to be outdone by Qualcomm’s SoC group, Qualcomm’s communication groups are busy at MWC 2015 as well. Though Qualcomm Technologies and Qualcomm Atheros are not announcing any major...

8 by Ryan Smith on 3/2/2015

802.11ac with Killer: MSI’s Teaming Technique coming to ACK Branded Motherboards

One of the many interesting ways in which motherboard companies diversify their product ranges is with networking opportunities. In most product stacks, manufacturers use Realtek and Intel network ports...

12 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4358: Second Gen 2x2 802.11ac WiFi

Today, Broadcom is announcing a new WiFi/BT combo chip that succeeds the BCM4354. According to Broadcom, the key features of this new chipset are enhanced WiFi/BT coexistence performance, integrated...

1 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

Xirrus to Offer Low Cost 2x2 802.11ac Upgradable Enterprise AP

A good number of companies play in the enterprise Wi-Fi market: Aruba Networks, Ubiquiti and Ruckus Wireless to name a few. Enterprise Wi-Fi looks at markets that have...

21 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4354 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Combo for Smartphones

Today Broadcom is announcing the newest member of their popular WiFi/BT/FM series of combo chips, the BCM4354, which adds 2x2 MIMO (two spatial stream) for smartphones and retains 802.11ac...

7 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

ADATA at CES: SF-3700, Power Banks, etc.

Visiting any of the former RAM companies these days usually results in the same result: lots of SSDs, with RAM still there in the background and maybe PSUs and...

6 by Jarred Walton on 1/13/2014

NVIDIA Announces Compatibility with WiFi Display Miracast Specification

Back at the end of May, the WiFi Alliance announced a new WiFi Display certification program called Miracast. Making a standardization process for WiFi Display products to guarantee interoperability...

14 by Brian Klug on 7/26/2012

Apple Updates Airport Express - New Design

As if this morning's monumental WWDC keynote was not enough, Apple seems to have a few more silent product updates in the pipeline. A quick look at the now...

13 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 6/11/2012

Netgear Announces 2-stream 802.11ac R6200 router and A6200 USB 2.0 adapter

We're at Broadcom and Netgear's joint press event today, where both are announcing the commercial availability of the R6300 three spatial stream 802.11ac router which was announced at CES...

16 by Brian Klug & Ganesh T S on 5/15/2012

Apple TV 3 (2012) Short Review - 1080p and better WiFi

The iPad (3) took front row during the recent launch extravaganza, however Apple also refreshed their Apple TV with a new model sporting a single core A5 SoC and...

35 by Brian Klug on 3/21/2012

TI Demos OMAP5 WiFi Display Mirroring on Development Platform

On our last day at MWC 2012, TI pulled me aside for a private demonstration of WiFi Display functionality they had only just recently finalized working on their OMAP...

3 by Brian Klug on 3/1/2012

Broadcom Announces New Combo Chips - BCM4334, BCM43241, Shows 802.11ac Once More

We've been covering the combo chip space for a while now, which is hugely important for both smartphones, tablets, and other form factors usually driven by ARM SoCs. Combo...

5 by Brian Klug on 2/28/2012

TI Announces WiLink 8 Family - WiFi, GNSS, NFC, BT, and FM Combo Chip

It goes without saying that connectivity is a hugely important part of smartphones. After all, without some sort of network connection, you've basically just got an expensive PDA or...

15 by Brian Klug on 2/13/2012

Bigfoot’s Killer-N 1102 Wireless Networking vs. the World

The world of wireless networking products has been slowly advancing over the past decade or so. We started at 11Mbps 802.11b and 54Mbps 802.11a in 1999, added 54Mbps 802.11g...

52 by Jarred Walton on 8/10/2011

Airport Extreme (5th Gen) and Time Capsule (4th Gen) Review - Faster WiFi

Apple has been playing it cool on the WiFi side of things lately. It started with the previous Airport Extreme (Gen 4) which quietly introduced three spatial stream support...

103 by Brian Klug on 8/5/2011

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