Wi-Fi Speeds About to Triple

Qualcomm announced plans this week for new technology that could triple Wi-Fi speeds in homes, offices and public networks.

Currently, Wi-Fi networks can only serve one device at a time, creating slower speeds for everyone when more devices connect to

the network.

Qualcomm's new approach, which follows seven years of research, allows networks to transmit data to multiple groups of users simultaneously. The new technology is known as MI MUO which stands for "multi-user, multiple input, multiple output."

Qualcomm plans to sell MI MUO enabled chips to manufacturers of wireless routers and access points, as well as companies that make smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics.

Qualcomm said: "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."

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