Qualcomm® VIVE™ – It’s Wi with a lot more Fi
Like the air we breathe, most of us are completely dependent on Wi-Fi®. It provides both freedom and connectivity in over 2 billion devices shipped this year alone – from smartphones, tablets and laptops, to TVs, gaming and audio systems. As more people use more wireless devices to access more bandwidth-hungry media content, Wi-Fi is under increasing pressure. This makes it tougher for everyone to enjoy a good wireless experience.
The air is cleaner at 5GHz
Enter Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac solutions, which deliver 3 times greater performance to bring your digital media to life. To relieve network congestion, VIVE technologies use the larger 5 GHz swath of the wireless spectrum, which offers more channels to reduce interference. VIVE makes the best use of this extra space to maximize performance (particularly in crowded environments). VIVE routers offer superior channel agility, which allows them to transmit data over 80, 40 or 20 MHz channels – depending on the available bandwidth and type of client devices on the other end of the connection.
Giving 11ac a Boost
To make 802.11ac networks even better, VIVE routers use Qualcomm StreamBoost™ technology to intelligently manage traffic coming into the home. StreamBoost identifies and classifies the types of traffic on your network, and automatically gives giving each application the bandwidth and speed it needs. This ensures smoother video streaming, faster downloads, and glitch-free online gaming for everyone on the Wi-Fi network.
The VIVE Ecosystem
To get additional performance, both your router AND your devices (like smartphone, tablet, computer, and TV) need to have 802.11ac. Luckily, Qualcomm VIVE includes an entire ecosystem of 11ac solutions that will accelerate the transition the next-generation of Wi-Fi:
- Qualcomm VIVE 1-stream 11ac for mobile phones and tablets (with integrated Bluetooth® and FM)
- Qualcomm VIVE 2- and 3-stream 11ac for computing
- Qualcomm VIVE 2- and 3-stream 11ac for CE
- Qualcomm VIVE 2- and 3-stream 11ac for networking equipment.
Mobile devices have traditionally been the last to adopt new Wi-Fi technologies. VIVE is built into Qualcomm’s leading Snapdragon™ platforms, alongside Bluetooth 4.0 and FM capabilities. Such unmatched integration streamlines mobile designs and delivers greater Wi-Fi performance by eliminating interface bottlenecks that plague other mobile solutions.
Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac solutions are designed for practicality, efficiency, and affordability by offering:
- 3 times greater performance than previous Wi-Fi technologies, with PHY rates up to 1.3 Gbps
- Hardware-accelerated architecture to reduce the impact of 802.11ac from the host processor
- Power efficiencies to extend battery life of mobile and computing devices
Hybrid Networking with Qualcomm Atheros WLAN, Powerline and Ethernet
Qualcomm Hy-Fi™ brings together the best of Wi-Fi, Powerline, and Ethernet to provide high-fidelity connectivity and deliver flawless media content everywhere in your home. With the flexibility to connect over wired or wireless, Hy-Fi makes home networks more flexible, simple and reliable.
Qualcomm Atheros’ wireless solutions use Wi-Fi Miracast™ to liberate video, presentations, photos and web based content from the small screen (on smartphones, tablets and notebooks) onto TVs and other large screens. Based on the industry's peer-to-peer standard, Miracast enables simple and secure connections directly between computers, projectors, and other Wi-Fi devices – instead of connecting through a router or access point.
Seamless Hotspot Connectivity
Qualcomm Atheros’ Wi-Fi networking and mobile solutions are also certified for the new Wi-Fi Passpoint™ features, which make it easier for people to find and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots. They automatically discover nearby hotspots and create a secure connection – without constantly requiring new passwords or account numbers. Mobile consumers can now enjoy seamless connectivity wherever they roam.
Many devices use multiple wireless features to support a variety of use cases – Wi-Fi for downloading cloud based media and applications, Bluetooth for audio and peripheral connections, FM for broadcast capabilities, and even LTE for advanced communications. Qualcomm Atheros employs both industry-standard and proprietary coexistence techniques to optimize the performance of multiple radios, and deliver a smooth, glitch-free experience.