Qualcomm Atheros, a wired and wireless developer subsidiary of the mobile tech giant Qualcomm, has introduced a set of new technologies and list of partners to help widen its net in the smart devices market.
Reflecting the Internet of Everything (elsewhere known as the Internet of Things) movement, both the QCA401x and QCA4531 are Wi-Fi-based solutions for connecting the dots (and data) between smart devices, sensors and apps.
Being sampled around with OEMs now, the QCA401x was designed to infuse security in "the smallest" of connected devices with a fully-integrated micro-controller unit and up to 800KB of on-chip memory.
The QCA4531 is a turnkey solution with a customizable Linux/OpenWRT environment, altogether meant to serve as the foundation for an Internet of Everything ecosystem -- or at least serve as the bridge between different ecosystems.
Shipping to appliance manufacturers now, the QCA4531 can also serve as an access point supporting up to 16 simultaneous devices.
Qualcomm is beefing up its own Internet of Everything tech industry partner ecosystem with six new integrations for cloud and software services.
Among them are Xively by LogMeIn, an Internet of Things platform catering to enterprises building connected products, and IoT performance management provider Proximetry.
Joseph Bousaba, senior director of product management at Qualcomm Atheros, explained in prepared remarks, "By integrating these key providers' software directly into our connectivity solutions, we're enabling customers to quickly deploy solutions with the most suitable cloud provider for their industry segment."
In return, each of these providers has committed to supporting Qualcomm Atheros' Wi-Fi-based intelligent connectivity platform.
Earlier this week, Samsung also introduced its next play in the Internet of Things free-for-all with the debut of a new family of chips, dubbed Artik.
With three different options at launch, Artik chips have been designed for more local use cases in the home and for fitness, ranging from smart bands to powering personal clouds and servers.
Samsung leadership boasted at the Internet of Things World summit on Tuesday that the South Korean tech giant has committed approximately $15 billion to the research and development of better chips, displays, connectivity and complete products.