Qualcomm Introduces StreamBoost Technology to Optimize Performance and Capacity of Home Networks

    Qualcomm Introduces StreamBoost Technology to Optimize Performance and
                          Capacity of Home Networks

- Alienware, D-Link among First to Demonstrate StreamBoost-Enabled 802.11ac
Routers to Control and Optimize Bandwidth in the Connected Home -

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM)
today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., introduced
StreamBoost^™ technology for Wi-Fi^® routers and gateways. By intelligently
managing a home's broadband connection, Qualcomm StreamBoost gives each device
and each application the bandwidth it needs to ensure the best possible
experiences in the connected home. In conjunction with this introduction,
Alienware and D-Link Systems, Inc. will be demonstrating StreamBoost routers
based on Qualcomm VIVE^™ 802.11ac technology for Gigabit-class Wi-Fi at
International CES. StreamBoost routers will be available to consumers this
spring at e-commerce and retail outlets in North America, Europe and Asia.

Currently, the average home connects up to seven devices to the Internet, and
this number is expected to grow considerably in the next five years. Due to
limited bandwidth, users are increasingly frustrated by the effects of network
congestion: streaming movies freeze, gaming sessions lag, and online surfing
slows. While the new 802.11ac standard was designed to address increasingly
crowded networks, StreamBoost technology combined with 802.11ac takes
networking to the next level. While Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac provides up to 1.3
Gbps PHY rate of Wi-Fi capacity, Qualcomm StreamBoost provides a superior
connected experience to users of all devices on a home network by managing and
shaping traffic, and giving each connected device and application the priority
and bandwidth required for optimal performance.

"StreamBoost provides users with advanced control over their home networks to
enable the first truly smart, connected homes," said Frank Azor, general
manager, Alienware. "This technology will provide gamers with a more reliable
and better performing online gaming experience, whether there are two, 12 or
20 devices using the network simultaneously."

Qualcomm StreamBoost also incorporates an opt-in, cloud-based service that
continually increases the intelligence of the router, allowing new
applications and devices to be identified and optimally managed as they are
added to a network. StreamBoost's interface makes understanding and using
routers more intuitive than ever before. For the first time, users can view
all computers, tablets, phones and other connected devices on the home's
network—as well as the applications they are using, and the real-time
bandwidth usage of each application and device—on one easy-to-use StreamBoost
interface.

"Our goal at D-Link is to ensure each consumer has the best possible online
experience," said Dan Kelley, associate vice president of marketing, D-Link
Systems, Inc. "StreamBoost gives us a way to make sure every person using the
network will have an optimal experience, regardless of application usage."

"The explosion of media enjoyed on a variety of devices presents a conflict in
the home network," said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president and general
manager, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros. "Web surfing competes
with streaming video, video chat competes with games, and downloads compete
with everything. In the practical use case of a connected home, bandwidth will
always be limited, but intelligent network management helps address this. We
created Qualcomm StreamBoost to recognize and optimally allocate network
traffic, providing users with the best Internet performance possible on all
connected devices—right out of the box."

Qualcomm Atheros will be demonstrating VIVE 802.11ac router products and
StreamBoost technology in the Qualcomm exhibit at 2013 International CES in
Las Vegas on January 8-11 (LVCC, South Hall 3 – 30313). Qualcomm Atheros will
also demonstrate StreamBoost technology at ShowStoppers^® on January 8 in the
Lafite Ballroom at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas. D-Link will demonstrate its new
StreamBoost router at the Venetian in the San Polo Meeting Room (#3402) during
CES.

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and
next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes
Qualcomm's licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent
portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm
Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of
Qualcomm's engineering, research and development functions, and substantially
all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor
business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have
driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more
closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information,
visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm VIVE and Qualcomm StreamBoost are products of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Qualcomm Atheros is a trademark of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Qualcomm is a
trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the
Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective
owners.

Qualcomm Contacts:
Laurie Falconer, Qualcomm Atheros
Phone: 1-408-652-0632
Email: laurief@qualcomm.com

Emily Kilpatrick, Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-858-845-5959
Email: corpcomm@qualcomm.com

Warren Kneeshaw, Investor Relations
Phone: 1-858-658-4813
Email: ir@qualcomm.com



SOURCE Qualcomm Incorporated

Website: http://www.qualcomm.com
 
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