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.
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.
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