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Intel has announced 802.11ax chipsets for faster Wi-Fi

11 January, 2018, 09:15 | Author: Janis Wilson
  • The new 802.11ax protocol will bring higher peak data rates and efficiency

For that reason, future developments like the new 802.11ax core Wi-Fi standard are focused on "increasing the overall capacity of the network".

"Celeno´s Everest solution leverages upon the newly introduced capabilities of the 802.11ax standard including downlink and uplink MU-OFDMA, downlink and uplink MU-MIMO, as well as 802.11ax higher order 1024 QAM modulation, while leveraging Celeno´s unique AX.Lâ"¢ technology to introduce a superior, cost optimized, 4.8Gbps performance.

Intel may have been one of the first to produce 802.11ax chips. In addition, users can expect improved network efficiency and longer battery life on client devices that use the new standard. This new generation is supposed to faster, of course, but mostly it's meant to perform better in environments with lots and lots of connected devices; so things like public hotspots, but also your house if you just have a ton of phones and tablets and smart gadgets lying around. Only Draft 2.0 devices will be eligible for 802.11ax certification and get the Wi-Fi Certified badge.

Analyst firm IHS Markit forecasts 802.11ax-enabled device shipments will increase from a relative trickle of 116,000 units in 2019 to a flood of 58 million in 2021.

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Mobile processor manufacturer Qualcomm was even earlier than Intel, as they have produced 802.11ax compliant chips as early as February of this year.

Apart from Intel, several other WiFi chipset vendors are expected to announce 802.11ax based chipsets at CES next week. Once product certification begins for 802.11ax next year, it will be at least a few months before certified products make it to the market. In order to offer a smooth transition process for OEMs, Intel has announced that chipsets based on the 802.11ac standard can easily upgrade to 802.11ax without any change to the host SoC. This helps ensure optimal performance for devices, as well as low latency for applications like gaming, video and voice calls.

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