Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform for smart homes

Qualcomm Incorporated, through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, today announced the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, a unique combination of technologies upon which original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and broadband carriers can deliver next-generation connected home experiences. Devices based on this platform will be designed to deliver robust and consistent connectivity to smart home devices in every corner of the home, as well as feature voice control capabilities, centralized management and security, and a range of mesh system features essential for carrier-grade networks. Complementing the platform is the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Reference Design, which provides OEMs an accelerated path for development of these next-generation networking products.

“Qualcomm Technologies helped create a new category of mesh networks that are transforming in-home connectivity. With our new Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, we are building upon that foundation to accelerate the next generation of mesh systems to further enhance connected services in the home,” said Gopi Sirineni, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies. “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.”

The Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform is based upon the Qualcomm IPQ40x8/9 network system-on-chip, which is used in nearly every mesh networking product available today. The Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform includes Qualcomm Wi-Fi self-organizing (SON) feature suite, carrier-grade features designed to make it easier for carriers to enhance their broadband services with Wi-Fi SON and integrated voice capabilities that allow consumers to control and interact with devices on their network using their voice.  It also sports backhaul flexibility and IoT connectivity feature suite designed to help ensure 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 Mesh Networking Reference Design offers manufacturers an expedient path for the commercialization of next-generation networking products with cutting-edge features. This allows for completely new avenues of differentiation and business partnerships for OEMs, cloud providers and the IoT client/device ecosystem by centralizing the connectivity and control mechanics into the network.