Qualcomm releases a new type of chip to bet on the connected home


Qualcomm has introduced a type of processor that combines the low-power expertise that Qualcomm(s qcom) has perfected in the mobile world with radios that it has designed and acquired over the years. The internet processor is the first Qualcomm has designed for a residential gateway device and was developed in preparation for a glut of connected objects in the home. This is another new market for the company that invented the CDMA protocol.

The two internet processors that Qualcomm launched are like network processors with an ability to process a lot of packets really quickly. The special bits for Qualcomm is that these chips can do this without consuming a lot of power. The chips contain a dual-core Krait processor that operates at 1.4 GHz and also adds a network accelerator engine that can process streams of up to 5 Gbps. Add to this a mess of radios including Wi-Fi…

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