Qualcomm announces two Wi-Fi chips for internet-of-things to




Qualcomm Atheros launches two new WiFi connection modules for the internet-of-things, the QCA401x and QCA4531. The chipsets support multiple connection protocols, including IPv6. When they appear in products, is still unknown.

The QCA401x chip is intended for devices that have only one purpose, such as lights and surveillance cameras. The QCA4531 chip should provide wifi hubs, such as media servers. The QCA401x has a fully integrated microcontroller with a memory availability to 800KB and a variety of interfaces to connect directly with other sensors, actuators or displays.

The QCA4531 chip handles multiple protocols and can bridge between different ecosystems. In addition, the chip can function as an access point for up to sixteen devices simultaneously. Manufacturers and users can program the chip via an OpenWRT environment. Both chips can work with the Alliance Allseen AllJoyn framework. The QCA4531 can also act as AllJoyn hub.

Qualcomm presented the chips Thursday at a news conference in San Francisco. The company has sent two different chipsets to manufacturers and other iot customers. The company hopes to see the chips back in a big crowd products.

The company announced also that the QCA4002 chip will have access to six new ecosystems: Ayla Networks, Exosite, Kii, Proximetry, Temboo and Xively. In addition, given the Allplay new media platform capabilities including Bluetooth to Wi-steaming.


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