Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Chips coming by June will herald the next generation of Wi-Fi

Chips coming by June will herald the next generation of Wi-Fi

The company also noted efficiency benefits, and the new client chip reduces power consumption by no less than two-thirds compared to 802.11ac solutions, meaning a longer battery life for your portable devices when using Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi advances have generally focused on top speeds with each successive generation pushing bandwidth and transfer rate technologies.

The actual timeline for product arrival is, of course, still unknown, but to give you some idea, ABI Research has previously predicted that by 2021, 802.11ax will account for nearly 60% of Wi-Fi chipsets across the globe.

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Additionally, new Qualcomm products will support OFDMA, or Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access. But it is the first standard that mainly focus more on Wi-Fi efficiency, especially in crowded air space.

When 802.11ax becomes the expected Wi-Fi commercialized standard in 2019, modern Wi-Fi routers would have to serve gadget through the Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output process instead of the current Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output.

"The problem isn't how fast Wi-Fi can go, but if the Wi-Fi network has enough capacity to handle the growing demand for many different connected devices and services", said Qualcomm. That technology is still finding its way into consumers' devices and corporate and service-provider networks. "As industry leaders, we are driving innovations that address our customers concerns, and we view 802.11AX as the culmination of key advancements that will cement the future of enterprise mobility". Qualcomm's IPQ8074 quadruples capacity by utilizing a 12x12 configuration, uplink and downlink MU-MIMO, and by supporting eight 80Mhz streams. The IPQ8074 and QCA6290 by Qualcomm are expected to be ready and available earlier this year or just before summer. Its 14nm chip integrates an 11ax radio, MAC and baseband, and a quad-core 64-bit A53 CPU and a dual-core network accelerator. Indeed, with the IPQ8074 system-on-chip which Qualcomm is pitching to network infrastructure manufacturers like router makers, up to 4.8 Gbps data rates will be supported.

Qualcomm Technologies' 802.11ax solutions are created to improve connected experiences, delivering up to 4x greater capacity to make Wi-Fi traffic more efficient, resulting in up to 4x faster user throughput and longer battery life for Wi-Fi devices*.

Ultra-fast Gigabit speed for richer user experiences: Offers up to 1.8 Gbps peak speeds through Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS) combining 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, and higher order modulation (1024 QAM). "802.11AX is not an incremental upgrade to keep pace with today's demands". It has four times the capacity of an 11ac part and includes features to cover a wider area and ease harmful interference in areas with many overlapping access points, Qualcomm said.

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