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Qualcomm's new 802.11ax chips will ramp up your Wi-Fi

Qualcomm's new 802.11ax chips will ramp up your Wi-Fi

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) ongoing 802.11 program, Wi-Fi, is one of the most successful and impressive long-term development cycles in the annals of technology.

The focus in previous Wi-Fi generations was mostly about the maximum theoretical speed-54Mbps for 802.11g, 1.3Gbps for 802.11ac, and so on-and based on the figures Qualcomm is providing, we can still expect 802.11ax to improve speeds as well.

In a ideal world, our Wi-Fi speeds would always be ridiculously fast and we'd never have to worry about Wi-Fi networks getting clogged up from too many devices. Merely created to meet the rapidly increased demands of the crowded and dense Wi-Fi environment. And the new 802.11ax Wi-Fi protocol will conjoin protocols in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands.

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It also features proven cellular techniques, such as Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and traffic scheduling, which is created to provide greater efficiency, higher user throughput, and a more consistent performance. These SoCs are created to be four times faster than existing Wi-Fi standards. Most 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers today serve one device at a time, switching rapidly between connections to serve multiple users across multiple devices.

The IPQ8074 aims to address the growing problem of current Wi-Fi standard serving the increasing number of devices connected to Wi-Fi networks in private and public places. IT executives are reporting their biggest challenges are capacity and scalability, given the enormous growth of users.

This chip is a highly-integrated all-in-one platform for gateways and routers.

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The IPQ8074 offers the optimal 11ax configuration to sport unprecedented capacity and coverage to Wi-Fi networks. It boasts of 2×2 MU-MIMO and that 8×8 sounding support with 8×8 MU-MIMO-compatible routers. The 14nm design provides power and size advantages, while a wide range of external WAN and media interfaces allows customers to build a full portfolio of 802.11AX products.

Qualcomm Technologies' 802.11ax solutions are created to improve connected experiences, delivering up to 4x greater capacity to make Wi-Fi traffic more efficient, resulting in up to 4x faster user throughput and longer battery life for Wi-Fi devices*.

There has been previously been an huge focus on increasing the connectivity speed of networks, but Qualcomm is now focusing on the capacity of these networks. The chip can combine 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands using its Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS) feature. "802.11AX is not an incremental upgrade to keep pace with today's demands".

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So we might not have to wait too long for the first high-end consumer router to land with the new Wi-Fi specification, probably using this Qualcomm SoC.

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