The Wi-Fi Alliance officially launched its "Wi-Fi Certified ac" program for 802.11ac, whose higher data rates and greater capacity promise to drive even more offloading from cellular to Wi-Fi networks.
Broadcom unveiled its newest platform for entry-level smartphones and also announced a milestone-reaching series of multicore processors suited for LTE and LTE-Advanced networks.
Qualcomm this week removed the wraps from its FSM99xx family of 28 nanometer chips that integrate 3G and LTE for use in small cells.
Broadcom said its newest 802.11ac chips for entry-level PCs, tablets and smartphones are now sampling, and volume production is slated for the second half of the year.
The FCC's move to release more 5 GHz frequencies for gigabit Wi-Fi use reflects efforts to develop and employ spectrum-sharing techniques to open up encumbered frequencies. It also highlights the ongoing battle between parties advocating for licensed vs. unlicensed spectrum allocations.
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The Wi-Fi Alliance certified 25 percent more products during 2012 than 2011, led by 64 percent year-over-year growth in certifications for devices in the consumer electronics (CE) category. The handset category drew a 34 percent year-over-year jump in certifications.
The FCC moved to satiate the public's growing appetite for Wi-Fi by promising to unleash 195 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which the commission contends will alleviate Wi-Fi congestion at major gathering places and enable higher data speeds and greater capacity for "Gigabit Wi-Fi" applications.
Qualcomm Atheros and Wilocity unveiled what they claim is the first tri-band reference design combining 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 802.11ad WiGig wireless capabilities on a single module.
Apple reportedly intends to add 802.11ac chips from Broadcom to its 2013 Mac computer lineup and is also planning to add a bevy of colors and screen sizes to its iPhone lineup.