Qualcomm has announced its next-generation wireless chips that support the new Wi-Fi 6E standard. The ‘E’ in Wi-Fi 6E stands for ‘expanded’ and supported devices can work with the newly opened 6 GHz spectrum, which should offer less network congestion and faster and more reliable connections.
While Wi-Fi 6 supported devices are still in their infancy – they iPhone 11 Lineup, iPhone SE and 2020 iPad Pro are the only Apple devices that are supported so far. Next year, Wi-Fi 6E will be available for smartphones and routers. This allows compatible devices to be expanded beyond the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies to the 6 GHz spectrum.
Qualcomm today described its Wi-Fi 6E-enabled chips for such devices in detail (via The edge). The Wi-Fi 6E chips are part of the company’s FastConnect series. The router chip is now being shipped to manufacturers, and the smartphone model will be available in the second half of this year.
The phone chips fall under the FastConnect line from Qualcomm, which is usually integrated into Snapdragon chips. When starting, there are two options: FastConnect 6700 and FastConnect 6900 with theoretical maximum speeds of 3 Gbit / s and 3.6 Gbit / s. Both support the maximum size of Wi-Fi channels (160 MHz at 5 GHz and 6 GHz).
Like The edgeSince Qualcomm launched its high-end chips earlier this year, Wi-Fi 6E support may not be available on Android smartphones until the end of this year or next year.
When it comes to the iPhone, Apple is returning to Qualcomm as a 5G cellular chip provider that is expected in the iPhone 12 series this fall, but has signed a contract with Broadcom that is expected to be WiFi for the next three years Chips will be included.
Broadcom launched its Wi-Fi 6E-enabled chip in FebruaryTherefore, it is possible that Apple supports the latest standard of the iPhone 12 series.
If you haven’t picked one up yet Router supported by Wi-Fi 6 However, it may be worth waiting for the upcoming Wi-Fi 6E-enabled models that will be available next year. This is made possible by the latest chip from Qualcomm and Broadcom, since you need both a supported device and a router to be able to use the 6 GHz spectrum.
For more information on Wi-Fi 6E, see this episode of the Apple @ Work podcast.