We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,100 News Articles

IDF: Intel shows 'Cliffside' Wi-Fi-splitting technology

Intel 'Cliffside' makes one Wi-Fi adaptor work like two

Today at IDF Intel gave a demonstration of its Cliffside technology. Cliffside is an Intel research technology that allows a single Wi-Fi adaptor to function like two independent adaptors and maintain simultaneous connections using different networks.

Intel demonstrated Cliffside in Shanghai ahead of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), which starts tomorrow. Visit PC Advisor's Intel spotlight for the latest Intel news.

Users can maintain two simultaneous network connections with Cliffside. One connection can link the laptop to a wireless internet connection and the other to a personal area network (PAN) of Wi-Fi devices.

This would allow users to download files from the internet while synchronising an MP3 player or streaming a high-definition movie to a television over the PAN connection, for example.

Cliffside can also link several different laptops, allowing users to create a network and share files when a Wi-Fi access point is not available.

Up to eight Wi-Fi devices or laptops can be linked to a laptop's Wi-Fi adaptor using a PAN connection, Intel said.

Intel did not offer a timeframe for when Cliffside would be available in a product, suggesting the technology may still be several years away from commercialisation.

Click here for PC Advisor's reviews of the latest wireless and wired networking products


IDG UK Sites

Windows 9 release date, price, features: Microsoft teases new OS ahead of 30 September unveiling

IDG UK Sites

From the iPhone 6 to the iWatch and a new Apple TV we look at the products Apple is set to launch...

IDG UK Sites

September 2014 creative trends: 5 things you must see

IDG UK Sites

What to expect from Apple in autumn/winter 2014: iPhone 6, iPhone Air, iWatch, iPad 6, new Apple...