Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) said its subsidiary Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. has launched a new chip family as part of its portfolio of low-power Wi-Fi solutions designed to connect a multitude of devices that comprise the Internet of Everything.
The QCA4002 and QCA4004 networking platforms include the IP stack and full networking services on the chip to enable customers to add Wi-Fi to virtually any product with minimal development effort or cost. The platforms feature an on-chip processor and memory, which are designed to eliminate the need for a system controller that adds to product cost, complexity and power consumption. Using the QCA4004, customers can write their own applications on the Qualcomm Atheros platform instead of using it only for Wi-Fi connectivity.
Target applications for the QCA4002/4004 platforms include major home appliances, consumer electronics, and sensors and smart plugs for home lighting, security and automation systems.
“Part of Qualcomm´s vision for the Internet of Everything is to provide low power, efficient connectivity as its enabling foundation,” said Jason Zheng, senior vice president, Qualcomm Atheros. “The QCA4002 and QCA4004 platforms enable lower power usage and elimination of host processors to ensure better usage and simpler implementation with ease of configuration and interoperability, a first in the industry.”
Qualcomm Inc. is a leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Inc. includes Qualcomm´s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies operates, along with its subsidiaries, most of Qualcomm´s engineering, research and development functions, and products and services businesses.