06.07.14

Next gen smartphones to wirelessly stream 4K

A deal which has seen chip manufacturer Qualcomm buy Wilocity, the developer of the WiGig standard, means that smartphones and tablets will be able to wirelessly transmit multi-gigabit 4K video direct to screens by next year, using Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chip.

Snapdragon 810 is the first chip to support WiGig, a type of WiFi that allows for fast wireless data streams.

WiGig transmits data on the 60GHz frequency, instead of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies used by dual-band WiFi devices. 

Qualcomm, the largest supplier of smartphone processors in the US, announced last week it has bought Wilocity, for an undisclosed amount.

The first smartphones and tablets with WiGig will begin shipping in Q3 next year, said a spokesman from Qualcomm.

Qualcomm said the combination of WiGig and Snapdragon 810 will enable 4K video streaming, peer-to-peer content sharing, networking, wireless locking, and backing up entire media libraries 'in seconds'.

WiGig is faster than Wi-Fi 802.11ac and LTE mobile broadband technologies, which are already in Snapdragon chips.

Mobile device users will be able to sync data with the cloud faster through WiGig, said Tal Tamir, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Atheros, and formerly CEO of Wilocity.

WiGig has been around for years, but adoption has been slow so far. Qualcomm’s integration of the technology into smartphone and tablet chips should help push adoption of the technology.