MediaTek Demos Next-Gen Wi-Fi 7 Standard Boasting Near Thunderbolt 3 Speeds

MediaTek has performed the world’s first dwell demo of Wi-Fi 7 for “key customers and industry collaborators,” paving the best way for the wi-fi community know-how to enter mainstream shopper {hardware} as early as subsequent yr, according to the company.

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Taiwan-based MediaTek stated the demos demonstrated the power of Wi-Fi 7 to realize the utmost velocity outlined by IEEE 802.11be, the official title for the Wi-Fi 7 customary. The firm stated it additionally highlighted its multi-link operation (MLO) know-how. MLO aggregates a number of channels on completely different frequency bands on the similar time to permit community visitors to nonetheless stream seamlessly even when there may be interference or congestion on the bands. “Filogic” merely refers to MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 connectivity portfolio.

“The rollout of Wi-Fi 7 will mark the first time that Wi-Fi can be a true wireline/Ethernet replacement for super high-bandwidth applications,” stated Alan Hsu, company vp and common supervisor of the Intelligent Connectivity enterprise at MediaTek. (*3*)

“Faster broadband Internet access and more demanding applications such as higher resolution video streaming and VR gaming are driving demand for Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, and soon Wi-Fi 7,” stated Mario Morales, group vp, Semiconductors at IDC. “Wi-Fi 7’s advances in channel width, QAM, and new features such as multi-link operation (MLO) will make Wi-Fi 7 very attractive for devices including flagship smartphones, PCs, consumer devices and vertical industries like retail and industrial; as service providers begin to deploy a wider spectrum of hotspots across these market segments.”

Wi-Fi 7 is alleged to ship 2.4x quicker speeds than Wi-Fi 6, even with the identical variety of antennas, since Wi-Fi 7 can make the most of 320Mhz channels and helps 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) know-how.

The Wi-FI Alliance says Wi-Fi 7 might present speeds of “at least 30” gigabits per second (Gbps) and may exceed that to succeed in 40Gbps, which is similar velocity as Thunderbolt 3. As famous by ArsTechnica, Wi-Fi 6 helps speeds as much as 9.6Gbps, whereas its predecessor, WiFi 5, has a max output of 3.5Gbps. Wi-Fi 6 is the advertising and marketing title given to 802.11ax know-how, which is supported by all iPhone 11 and later fashions, the most recent iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and all Macs powered by Apple silicon.

The subsequent step up from Wi-Fi 6 is Wi-Fi 6E. Devices supporting Wi-Fi 6E use a devoted 6E spectrum with as much as seven further 160MHz channels, whereas Wi-Fi 6 units share the identical spectrum as different Wi-Fi 4, 5, and 6 units, and so they solely function on two 160MHz channels. Some stories recommended Apple’s iPhone 13 sequence would come with Wi-Fi 6E, however the rumors by no means panned out. Looking forward, this yr’s iPhone 14 is expected to adopt Wi-Fi 6E and Apple’s forthcoming AR/VR headset is also expected to support it to fulfill the wants of the high-end, immersive expertise it should ship, in line with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

MediaTek has been concerned within the growth of the Wi-Fi 7 customary since its inception and is keen to drum up pleasure for its Wi-Fi 7 Filogic connectivity portfolio, however the protocol hasn’t been finalized by the Wi-FI Alliance but, so it is tough to say when shopper units will really assist it. MediaTek says merchandise with Wi-Fi 7 are anticipated to hit the market beginning in 2023. Regardless, on condition that Apple has but to undertake Wi-Fi 6E in any of its units, assist for Wi-Fi 7 is prone to be a way away.