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Qualcomm is demonstrating a technology that will let cellular devices create broadband peer-to-peer connections directly at distances up to about two-thirds of a mile. The system will let mobile devices automatically discover and identify each other, and then forge direct, optimal connections, avoiding interference.
Dubbed FlashLinq, the innovation runs over licensed spectrum, which means it will need the approval and cooperation of mobile carriers. The company plans to trial FlashLinq in South Korea with carrier SK Telecom to explore possible commercial uses of the technology.
FlashLinq is based on a form of Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing Access, the foundation for 802.11n, WiMAX and LTE networks. But it's a proprietary system that will be built into Qualcomm radios to automatically discover other FlashLinq devices within range, according to Stacey Higginbotham, writing at GigaOm.com.