Over at the tech jamboree that is Computex this week, Chinese chip maker Rockchip has launched a WiFi technology that’ll interest anyone looking at building small internet of things-type devices and wearables. It reckons it can match current WiFi designs for range and quality while consuming just 85% of the power.
The benefits come mainly from taking more of the data processing onto the WiFi radio itself – allowing a device’s main processor to remain in sleep mode for longer – and more power stages for sending and receiving data.
Basically, the firm says, you get full speed WiFi on the same sort of power consumption as Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Which is not very much at all – about 20mA in fact.
The press release also mentions that Rockchip is working with partners to create devices which can run of AAA batteries for up to thirty-five years. It doesn’t say how many AAA batteries, or what the device(s) would actually be doing in those thirty-five years, mind.
A short video is also provided giving a demonstration:
The Rockchip RKi6000 will be available for purchase sometime between July and September of this year.