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Qualcomm promises faster routers with gaming tech

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — When data traffic snarls in your Wi-Fi router, Qualcomm has an answer for you: a "Killer" traffic cop to sort things out.

Qualcomm Inc., a maker of processor chips for mobile phones and other devices, says it's building an advanced form of data traffic management into its chips for Wi-Fi routers. The company says the feature should help routers intelligently shunt data from today's busy homes. For instance, data packets that communicate moves in an online-shoot-em-up game will get priority over a movie download.

The technology, which it calls StreamBoost, comes from a small Austin, Texas-based company that Qualcomm bought in 2011, Bigfoot Networks.

Qualcomm is unveiling the technology at this week's International CES show in Las Vegas, a showcase for the latest phones, TVs and other gadgets.

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