Users can share content from device to device without Internet, network or access point
Networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm, Qualcomm Atheros has released its first generation of Wi-Fi display-enabled peer-to-peer connectivity offerings, which will serve as the foundation for a new generation of interoperable consumer electronics that allows users to share content from device to device without the need for an Internet connection, network or access point.
Wi-Fi Display enables sharing of the screen image or audio content of one device simultaneously on another nearby device, including simple and secure device discovery and pairing. The technology underlying Wi-Fi Display allows a direct, peer-to-peer wireless connection known in the industry as Wi-Fi Direct.
In addition, Wi-Fi Display technology leverages the 5 GHz wireless band, which offers up to 24 non-overlapping channels (or the 2.4 GHz band, which offers three non-overlapping channels) for relatively interference-free transmission of latency-sensitive media content.
Wi-Fi Direct technology is the foundation for the Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi Display implementation, making Wi-Fi Display easy to enable and use.
The specification keeps data safe and secure by using the latest Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security mechanisms.
Initial offerings will support Android Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Windows 7 and 8 operating systems.
Qualcomm Atheros Consumer Electronics Group vice-president and general manager Gary Szilagyi said Wi-Fi display-enabled devices will make sharing video and audio content from device-to-device easier than ever.
"These new Wi-Fi Display-enabled solutions will encourage manufacturers to create a new generation of interoperable and compatible devices that make for friendlier device connectivity and easy content sharing," said Szilagyi.