Wi-Fi in your home or office could get a big speed boost by the end of this year with Qualcomm’s newest chip, which reaches new highs in data transfer speeds.
The peak wireless data transfer speeds of the QCA9994 and QCA9984 Wi-Fi chips will reach 1.7G bps (bits per second). That speed can be achieved through single or multiple data streams from devices on an 802.11ac Wi-Fi network.
The speed tops Qualcomm’s previous high of around 1Gbps, which it achieved in products released last year. To put the wireless speed in perspective, the data transfer speeds of a wired USB 3.0 connection peaks at 5Gbps, which in most cases is considered adequate for external hard drives.
An average home has 20 Wi-Fi devices, which can be served simultaneously with a two to three times lift in performance, said Irvind Ghai, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Atheros, the wireless unit.