Qualcomm has announced a new mesh networking platform that blends a number of technologies, including voice control, IoT connectivity and carrier-class features into an IoT-oriented chipset platform for smart-home devices.
Qualcomm says devices based on the platform will deliver robust and consistent connectivity to smart home devices, as well as feature integrated voice control capabilities, centralized management and security, and a range of mesh system features essential for carrier-grade networks.
The mesh networking platform is based on Qualcomm’s IPQ40x8/9 network system-on-chip, which is used in most mesh networking product available today.
The platform includes a Wi-Fi self-organizing (SON) feature suite designed to ensure corner-to-corner Wi-Fi coverage, easy set-up, automatic management and traffic optimization with near-zero user intervention, as well as additional security safeguards.
The IoT connectivity feature suite is designed to support compatible and simultaneous use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, CSRmesh connectivity, and 802.15.4-based technologies across a network, while also supporting previously announced communication protocols, cloud services and software frameworks. Qualcomm says this allows the platform to act as a universal translator of diverse connectivity technologies and ecosystems, which would minimize complexity and ease fragmentation challenges for manufacturers, developers and consumers.
The mesh networking platform also comes with a reference design that provides OEMs an accelerated path for product development.
“New capabilities like voice assistance and IoT radio integration will not only transform consumer experiences at home, but along with carrier-grade feature enhancements, make it easier for our customers to adopt and deploy mesh systems aligned to how people want their networks to perform,” said Gopi Sirineni, Qualcomm’s VP of product management.