updated 12:20 pm EST, Tue February 8, 2011
Qualcomm FlashLinq tech works up to a 1km radius
Chipmaker Qualcomm today said it will show off its new peer-to-peer wireless technology at the Mobile World Congress show next week. Called FlashLinq, it aims to let mobile devices connect and share broadband connection speeds. Embedded into chips, the tech would automatically discover thousands of other FlashLinq devices within a one kilometer radius and share Internet access between them using Wi-Fi.
Qualcomm is currently testing the technology in Korea with carrier SK Telecom. In contrast to Intel's Wi-Fi Direct tech, Internet connectivity can be shared with FlashLinq users. According to the chipmaker, the tech allows users to "communicate, peer-to-peer, at broadband speeds without the need for intermediary infrastructure." It's based on proximal communications and is designed to complement traditional cellular-based services while working on licensed spectrum, therefore requiring operator approval. [via GigaOM]