While many homes are not yet using Wifi 6 or Wifi 6E, the next version of the technology, Wifi 7, is already making waves. This new standard has not yet been officially released, but that does not prevent Qualcomm from unveiling, this week, its new chips which can be used by router manufacturers to offer Wifi 7 to individuals and businesses.
Qualcomm prepares for the move to Wifi 7
Each new generation of Wifi brings its share of improvements and when it comes to Wifi 7, Qualcomm promises speeds that can reach 3 Gbps on one of the chips it offers (that’s three times the speed maximum obtained with Wifi 6E). Qualcomm also promises better stability and “extremely low latency”. Because of this, Wifi 7 would be ideal for online video games, as well as future virtual reality and augmented reality products.
“The family (ed., of chip) enables systems with a maximum aggregate wireless capacity of 33 Gbit/s and point-to-point connections exceeding 10 Gbit/s”explains Qualcomm on its site. “With advanced features for interference detection and multilink operation, the Wi-Fi 7 Network Pro Series enables deterministic low latency in harsh shared wireless environments, enabling application performance rivaling private spectrum. The products can support a high-speed, low-latency wireless link for home mesh Wi-Fi and enterprise infrastructure with reliable performance, even in the presence of neighboring interference. »
These new chips are currently being tested by Qualcomm. And the first routers using the technology could arrive as soon as next year.
But of course, for us to be able to take full advantage of Wifi 7, our electronic gadgets will also have to support this technology, which could take time. But in the meantime, Wifi 7 will have to coexist with previous technologies. And this one should still improve our comfort even if we connect with Wifi 6 devices.
Mediatek is also in the race
Note also that Qualcomm is not the only company to prepare now for the transition to Wifi 7. At the beginning of the year, one of Qualcomm’s main competitors, Mediatek, also announced its tests of Wifi technology. 7.
Mediatek had also indicated that it will have Wifi 7 on its connectivity and product portfolio. The company estimates that the first Wifi 7 devices should arrive in 2023.
But at the moment, it is not yet known when the standard will be officially released. However, the Wifi Alliance, the organization that produces these standards, is already talking about the benefits that the technology will bring.
“Wi-Fi 7 focuses on physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) enhancements capable of supporting a maximum throughput of at least 30 Gbps to increase performance, enable innovations Wi-Fi and Expanding Use Cases »we read on the site of the alliance.
It also mentions improvements in latency, which will suit sensitive uses such as “AR/VR, 4K and 8K video streaming, automotive, cloud computing, gaming and video applications, as well as critical and industrial applications. »