MediaTek launches the world’s first Wi-Fi 7 technology

Faster Wi-Fi connectivity for future devices

MediaTek launches the world’s first Wi-Fi 7 technology through a live demo highlighting its capabilities using the Wi-Fi 7 Filogic connectivity portfolio. The company has been involved in the development of the Wi-Fi 7 standard since its inception, and it is one of the first adopters of Wi-Fi 7 technology.

“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,” said Alan Hsu, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intelligent Connectivity business at MediaTek. “MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 technology will be the backbone of home, office and industrial networks and provide seamless connectivity for everything from multi-player AR/VR applications to cloud gaming and 4K calls to 8K streaming and beyond.” 

Wi-Fi 7 offers new capabilities available in all the existing Wi-Fi spectrums including 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, and 6Ghz. Wi-Fi 7 can deliver speeds 2.4x faster than Wi-Fi 6 and can utilize 320Mhz channels and support 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technology. Other features include multi-link operation (MLO) technology and multi-user resource unit (MRU) for enhancing interference avoidances and mitigation.

The demo showcases how the new Wi-Fi 7 Filogic technology achieves maximum speed defined by IEEE 802.11be and also demonstrated the multi-link operation (MLO) technology. MLO works by aggregating multiple channels on different frequency bands at the same time. Through this, the networked traffic can still flow seamlessly even if an interference of congestion is present on the bands. MLO technology can be useful for video streaming, gaming, and any other activities that require constant, sustained, and real-time throughput.

“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,” said Mario Morales, group vice president, 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.”

“Today’s consumers want an always-connected, reliable and fast Wi-Fi connection for many applications such as video calls, 4K/8K TV entertainment, real-time gaming, and others,” said Moon Ho Lee, president at Korea Mercury. “MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 technology can fulfill the current need for all the applications consumers enjoy today and also open the door for future AR/VR applications which we can’t even imagine today.”

Products with Wi-Fi 7 are expected to hit the market starting in 2023.

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