Qualcomm bids for P2P glory

Qualcomm is making a series of plays in the peer-to-peer (P2P) market, revealing it will demonstrate and new platform and technology framework at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
Heading the list is FlashLink, a technology designed to equip devices with the ability to automatically discover each other and communicate at broadband rivaling speeds without intermediary infrastructure.
The technology employs proximal communications to enable continuous communication and connections based – simply – on how close users are to each other.
Qualcomm states FlashLink is intended as a complement to regular cellular communications, and work as a scalable platform for new applications.
The CDMA pioneer followed up on the announcement by unveiling AllJoyn, an open-source project designed to stimulate development of P2P applications.
AllJoyn, developed by the firm’s Qualcomm Innovation Center subsidiary, aims to solve inherent P2P problems including device and service discovery, networking functionality, and the routing of messages.
A software development kit will allow developers to add P2P functionality to existing apps.
QIS president Rob Chandhok said the framework is designed to “drive innovation and creativity,” by enabling developers and device makers to “expand the use of peer-to-peer technology beyond just traditional wireless handsets.”