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February 10, 2011

Qualcomm to Showcase Peer-to-Peer Technology in Barcelona


Qualcomm, wireless telecommunications research and development company, announced that it will demonstrate its latest advancement in peer-to-peer wireless technology at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  


The company's technological innovation – FlashLinq – is designed to allow devices to discover each other automatically and continuously. The innovation enables devices to communicate peer-to-peer at high broadband speeds and without any intermediary infrastructure.  

FlashLinq advances proximal communications. The enhancement lets users connect, disconnect and communicate directly with other mobile users at broadband speeds based on their physical proximity. The technology will complement traditional cellular-based services and serve as a scalable platform for new types of applications, company officials said.  

“By expanding the operator model of managed services to the frontier of proximal communications, Qualcomm (News - Alert) continues to demonstrate its leadership in wireless technology and innovation,” said Ed Knapp, senior vice president of business development and engineering for Qualcomm.

Telecom operators can extend their cellular networks by utilizing FlashLinq's direct discovery and distributed communications. The technology can support new and enhanced services in areas such as direct local advertising, geo-social networking and machine-to-machine communications.

Qualcomm is planning to associate with SK Telecom, telecom major in Korea, to trial FlashLinq in South Korea and explore potential commercial uses.

SK Telecom (News - Alert) has always embraced cutting-edge technologies because we are committed to giving our customers the most advanced capabilities and user experiences,” said Jong Tae Ihm, senior vice president of SK Telecom and head of the Institute of Network Technology. “We see Qualcomm's FlashLinq technology as a key enabler to a range of new and innovative services based on proximal networking.”

FlashLinq is time division duplex/ orthogonal frequency division multiple access (TDD OFDMA) technology operating on dedicated licensed spectrum. By enabling the simultaneous discovery and communication of thousands of proximal devices, FlashLinq can effectively create a neighborhood-area network, where fixed and mobile peer applications can interact directly, company officials said.  

Recently TMCnet reported that SmartSynch, a provider of smart grids for the utility industry, is using Qualcomm’ 3G based communications platform for smart meters to offer the first integrated, over-the-air application portfolio for the smart gird.

The communications system supported by Qualcomm technology offers significant time and cost savings and provides utilities with greater flexibility and control over the deployed applications while allowing remote download of new smart grid applications as per the availability, the report said.


Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee










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