Qualcomm Says New Technology Will Triple Wi-Fi Speeds

Tech company Qualcomm announced Thursday it plans to unveil a new device that will triple Internet speeds.
Posted at 3:12 PM, Apr 05, 2014

Chipmaker Qualcomm announced Thursday it's developing new technology that will triple wireless Internet speeds. 

As CNN puts it, "At the moment, Wi-Fi networks can only serve one device at a time, cycling quickly among different users. That creates slower speeds for everyone when more devices connect to the network."

Qualcomm calls its new technology MU-MIMO, which stands for multiple-user, multiple-input, multiple-output. It will allow for multiple devices to access Internet data at the same time. (Via WHAS)

And if this technology still doesn't make much sense, Techie News says Qualcomm gave this interesting analogy: ​"Using MU-MIMO is like using the carpool lane: the Wi-Fi highway doesn't change, but grouping up with other users lets you go much faster while de-congesting the other lanes."

Qualcomm says it's set to launch eight parts that will support the new chips. Compatible routers will be able to handle data rates of more than 1.7 gigabits per second; client devices like laptops and tablets will be able to send and receive almost a gigabit of data per second.

"Qualcomm says it expects MU-MIMO to be in wireless routers, smartphones and other electronics by next year." (Via News 12 Connecticut)

According to Wall Street Pit, the tech company says to get the fastest speed possible, users will need to have compatible devices on both ends of the Wi-Fi network. This means the MU-MIMO technology needs to be on both the router and the electronic device.

Qualcomm says it will sell the MU-MIMO-enabled chips to wireless router manufacturers and electronic companies.