Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E are now the gold standards in wireless networking technology, with blisteringly fast download and upload rates. While consumers have yet to embrace these technologies, Qualcomm has launched the next-generation Wi-Fi technology, Wi-Fi 7, which has a download speed of up to 33Gbps.
A recent high-end Wi-Fi 6E router can now give up to 10Gbps of download speed, and the forthcoming Wi-Fi 7 network will be at least three times faster. Wi-Fi 7 will feature a 320MHz channel, providing the fastest data transmission speed conceivable over the internet.
Qualcomm Networking Pro Series Gen 3 Platform Family
The Qualcomm Networking Pro Series Gen 3 platform family will be the first to implement the Wi-Fi 7 standard. Wi-Fi 7 not only provides quicker download/upload rates but also reduces latency, which should benefit applications such as online gaming and real-time virtual collaboration.
Neil Shah, Research Vice President of Counterpoint Research, stated “Qualcomm’s Networking Pro Series Gen 3 family of products also employ Simultaneous Multi-Link Operations, 4K QAM, quad-band configurations in a highly scalable, flexible, and efficient architecture.”
Qualcomm Networking Pro Chipsets Supporting Wi-Fi 7
The Qualcomm Networking Pro 1620 is the company’s top-of-the-line product, a quad-band, 16-stream networking processor with up to 33.1Gbps of peak wireless bandwidth. Similarly, the Qualcomm Networking Pro 1220 is a tri-band networking chip with a peak wireless bandwidth of 21.6Gbps and 12 streams.
The Qualcomm Networking Pro 820 is a quad-band processor with eight streams and a maximum networking speed of 13.7Gbps. Finally, the Qualcomm Networking Pro 620 is a tri-band semiconductor featuring six streams as well as a 10.8Gbps peak networking capacity.
Routers based on Qualcomm’s new Wi-Fi 7-enabled processors will be available in 2023. However, because these protocols are not projected to be available until 2024, you can only receive a maximum of Wi-Fi 6E class networking speed, which will be updated to Wi-Fi 7 in the next days, where up to 500 devices may be linked to a single Wi-Fi 7 channel.