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WiFi speed could soon get faster

Apr. 15, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
QualComm says its new technology can quadruple the speed of WiFi connections.
QualComm says its new technology can quadruple the speed of WiFi connections. ()

Wi-Fi speeds could triple with network technology announced by telecommunications equipment firm Qualcomm, according to CNN.

Current Wi-Fi networks serve only one device at a time as they cycle among different users. Qualcomm has unveiled a new system called multi-user, multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO).

"The company's new approach, which follows seven years of research, allows networks to transmit data to multiple groups of users simultaneously using algorithms that adapt on the fly to changes in usage," CNN said.

That will allow Wi-Fi two to three times greater for devices equipped with MU-MIMO technology, and some speed improvement for older devices on MU-MIMO networks.

Qualcomm will sell MU-MIMO-enabled chips for wireless routers, smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics. The technology is likely to benefit defense networking as well.

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