Intel, Qualcomm Achieve 802.11ad Interoperability; Expect an Increase in Enterprise Wi-Fi Capacity
Intel and Qualcomm, the two semiconductor chip makers, today announced that they have officially linked up their respective 802.11ad WiGig chips and antennas.
Both tech giants say their engineers have been working together for months flogging the hardware, and finally the two are now, “achieving full interoperability.” Meaning, devices with Intel WiGig hardware can link up to Qualcomm-powered base stations at the full 4.6Ghz connection rate of 802.11ad.
“These tests spanned across many use cases and scenarios, including peer-to-peer connections between Intel- and Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ad WiGig-based clients and Qualcomm Atheros-802.11ad WiGig-powered access points,” Intel and Qualcomm said in their joint statement.
“Tests examined various cases and conditions – from device discovery and connection to full-blown data uploads and downloads, streaming and more.”
With 802.11ad interoperability, both Intel and Qualcomm will no longer hesitate pushing hardware vendors to put WiGig hardware into their mobile devices.
According to the companies, 802.11ad will enable high-speed cellular offload and tri-band Wi-Fi networking. Which means the 60-Ghz radios will be folded in with the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi hardware, handling the short-range WiGig connections, and then switch to 802.11ac (and older) connections as needed.