Wi-Fi 7: MediaTek tested the first live demo.

Wi-Fi is about to undergo a new generation. A report from DigitalTrends reports that Taiwan-based semiconductor firm MediaTek successfully demonstrated its Wi-Fi 7 technology for the first time. As for Wi-Fi 7, the company stated that it would be available sometime next year in anticipation of the launch of the next-generation network around 2024.

The company said it demonstrated its Wi-Fi 7 Filogic technology to “key customers and industry collaborators.” According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will provide over 2.5 times more speed than Wi-Fi 6, even with the same number of antennas.

It means that Wi-Fi 7 will be able to provide speeds of over 30 gigabits per second (Gbps) and close to 40Gbps. In comparison, the still relatively young Wi-Fi 6 can reach speeds of up to 9.6Gbps.

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.

Mario Morales, group vice president, Semiconductors at IDC said “Providers are now deploying a wide range of hotspots across these market segments,” 

This will be the first time Wi-Fi 7 replaces Ethernet as a standard

Cloud gaming, 8K video streaming, and video streaming over cellular networks will all be supported by the next generation of Wi-Fi, and it will operate at 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz across all spectrums. Also according to MediaTek, its new multi-link operation (MLO) technology will allow for more stable 8K streaming and cloud gaming in the future. It claims Wi-Fi 7 will enable users to connect to the Internet more reliably, without using Ethernet cables.

“With the launch of Wi-Fi 7, Wi-Fi will be able to replace wireline/Ethernet for super high-speed applications for the first time,” said Alan Hsu, CEO of MediaTek.

In addition to seamless connectivity for everything from multi-player AR and virtual reality applications to cloud gaming, 4K calls, and 8K streaming, MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 technology will be the backbone for home, office, and industrial networks.”

In spite of MediaTek’s promise to release Wi-Fi 7 products by 2023, the next-generation Wi-Fi is not expected to be approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) until 2024. The IEEE 802.11be standard, also known as Wi-Fi 7, is still only in the draft stage, so we will have to keep our fingers crossed that improved speeds will be available soon.


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