Qualcomm is Leading WiFi 7 Momentum at MWC Barcelona
Qualcomm looks to lead the charge to Wi-Fi 7
As the Wi-Fi 7 era dawns, Qualcomm which is the number one semiconductor company in Wi-Fi has again been poised as the world’s leading wireless technology innovator. They are working with its global ecosystem of partners and driving the transition to the next generation of Wi-Fi with 25 years of Wi-Fi technology expertise and more than 6.5 billion Wi-Fi products shipped.
Till now, they have secured more than 175 Wi-Fi 7 design wins across all product categories, including nearly every announced or in-development device based on their flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile platform.
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Strong Wi-Fi 6/6E leadership:
Representatives from Qualcomm asserted that their success in Wi-Fi is well thought out and not an accident. The transition to Wi-Fi 6 and 6E paved the way for what is about to come. They stated that their innovation leadership and manufacturer collabs enabled more than 1600 Wi-Fi 6 and 6E enabled products which have been in development or have been launched. It includes a full device ecosystem including things like PC, smartphones, XR, router, access points, gateways and more.
Qualcomm’s networking platforms have set the standard for enterprise-grade and home Wi-Fi 6 and 6E networks, with over 650 designs launched or in progress. The recent introduction of their mesh Wi-Fi flagship systems underscores the worldwide acceptance of a category that we created, and in which their technology is widely utilized.
Their ability to meet the demand for high-performance Wi-Fi has also driven their success in the enterprise networking sector, demonstrating the value of their technological innovations.
Wi-Fi 7 End-to-End Momentum
After the successful adoption of Wi-Fi 6 and 6E offerings, Qualcomm initiated the transition to the next generation in 2022 with the launch of its comprehensive Wi-Fi 7 product line.
The first product introduced was the Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth system designed for smartphones, PCs, and VR/AR/XR devices. It adopts a unique baseband-to-antenna system approach and integrates new RF Front-end modules Qualcomm QXM1086 and QXM1083 for 5–7 GHz and 2.4GHz, respectively to leverage their breakthrough Qualcomm ultraBAW filter technology and Qualcomm Diplexer.
The whole system offers overall wireless performance and power efficiency improvements, with peak power consumption savings of up to one watt during Wi-Fi Transmit. As a result, it’s not surprising that most device designs launched or in development utilise FastConnect 7800 feature Qualcomm RF Front-end technology.
FastConnect 7800 delivers signature performance-enhancing Wi-Fi 7 features that have been exclusively available from Qualcomm to date, including High-Band Simultaneous (HBS) Multi-Link.
The High-Band Simultaneous (HBS) Multi-Link feature is capable of aggregating two channels in the 5 GHz and/or 6 GHz bands, achieving a peak speed of up to 5.8 Gbps and significantly improving latency compared to previous generations. This technique also leverages their groundbreaking Qualcomm ultraBAW filtering technology, enabling exceptional concurrent operation in the higher Wi-Fi bands.
HBS Multi-Link is particularly crucial for regions where the 6 GHz band is not yet available for Wi-Fi. For users in those countries, HBS Multi-Link is the only feasible method for achieving significant performance, up to 4.3 Gbps peak speed, beyond what was possible with the previous Wi-Fi generation.
Find their next Wi-Fi 7 product:
The Wi-Fi 7 era has officially begun, with device manufacturers releasing products based on their systems and platforms. During Mobile World Congress Barcelona, there were many announcements featuring FastConnect 7800, including the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro, Vivo X90 Pro+, iQOO 11 Pro, Motorola Moto X40, Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro, OnePlus 11 Pro, Nubia Z50, and HONOR Magic 5.
However, the networking products that these devices will connect to are equally important. Wi-Fi 7 access points and routers are on the horizon, such as the Xiaomi Router 10000, TP-Link Deco BE95 Whole Home Mesh System, TP-Link Omada enterprise access points, ARRIS SURFboard G54, and the ADB Cheetah Home Gateway.
According to James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer, next-generation Wi-Fi 7 will become essential for both work and play on the PC. The collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies will continue delivering premium experiences with superior connectivity and robust capabilities.
The CEO of ADB, Malgorzata Ott, said that Wi-Fi 7 will considerably improve the quality of home and enterprise wireless connectivity, which will benefit both service providers and their customers. The rapid adoption of this technology is anticipated since there is already strong demand from the service provider and enterprise customers.
Jason Banta, Corporate VP, Client, AMD, said that their long collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies spans numerous Wi-Fi generations and includes innovative features like 4-Stream DBS for exceptional PC experiences across enterprise, gaming, and consumer.
Li Kun, General Manager, Magic Series Business, HONOR Device Co., Ltd, said that with Qualcomm Technologies’ FastConnect 7800 connectivity system, they believe that Wi-Fi 7 is here in 2023 and that it was an obvious choice to be leading this revolution for HONOR’s consumers. A seamless connectivity experience is a key demand from their consumers.
Linksys CEO Jonathan Bettino said that Wi-Fi 7 is the cornerstone technology of their upcoming portfolio of products, which marks their 35th anniversary as a mainstay in wireless networking. Qualcomm Technologies’ implementation of Multi-Link Operation (MLO) delivers the resiliency and capacity demanded by their customers in the Home and Micro-Office.
Bruno Cendon Martin, Sr. Director of Wireless Technologies, Reality Labs at Meta, said that fast connectivity is an essential building block to enable the best possible immersive experiences as they build toward the metaverse. He is excited about the possibilities the Wi-Fi 7 standard will help unlock and appreciates the role of Qualcomm Technologies in driving progress to make this a reality.
Francois La Flamme, Motorola’s Chief of Marketing and Head of Strategy, said that following offerings with Wi-Fi 6 and 6E across their portfolio, they are committed to making their new smartphones Wi-Fi 7 ready. Seamless experiences and smarter technology to their consumers, everywhere, is their mission.
David Henry, president & GM of Connected Home Products and Services at NETGEAR, said that Wi-Fi 7 enables a new era of multi-gigabit Wi-Fi throughout the home. Combining Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance platforms with their market-leading wireless RF and product design expertise will enable premium Wi-Fi 7 experiences for their customers.
Yu Hang, Executive VP of Nubia Technology Co., Ltd., said that advocating for their consumers to get the very best was an easy decision. Customers can experience premium wireless connectivity with Qualcomm FastConnect 7800, which brings the High Band Simultaneous Multi-Link to provide ultra-low latency and the fastest speeds for entirely new connected experiences.
Jensen Jie, Head of the Wireless Product R&D Center at OPPO, said that their focus is on developing the next generation of connectivity, including Wi-Fi 7. Together with Qualcomm Technologies, they will bring enhanced connectivity to users around the world through a rich range of products that includes smartphones and routers.
Pingji Li, VP of TP-Link Corporation Limited, said that their long-standing collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies has spanned many generations of Wi-Fi product innovation. They are pleased to leverage Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance and modular platforms in their Deco Mesh Wi-Fi 7 systems and Omada Wi-Fi 7 APs, bringing a new era of connectivity to their customers.
Dian Zhao, Product Manager at Vivo, said that it is important for them to be at the forefront of implementing Wi-Fi 7. They believe that Wi-Fi 7 will ultimately bring a new level of user
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