MediaTek has just announced the world’s first live demo of Wi-Fi 7 technology.
Currently two demos of Wi-Fi 7 are being showcased to key customers and industry collaborators to demonstrate the technology’s fast speeds and low latency transmission. Wi-Fi 7 products are expected to hit the market in 2023. Alan Hsu, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intelligent Connectivity business at MediaTek, commented:
“The rollout of Wi-Fi 7 will mark the first time that Wi-Fi can be a true wireline/Ethernet replacement for super high-bandwidth applications. MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 technology will be the backbone of home, office and industrial networks and provide seamless connectivity for everything from multi-player AR/VR applications to cloud gaming and 4K calls to 8K streaming and beyond.”
The demos illustrate how Wi-Fi 7 Filogic technology can achieve the maximum speed defined by IEEE 802.11be and demonstrates its multi-link operation (MLO) technology.
In fact, what MLO technology do is to aggregate multiple channels on different frequencies bands while highlighting how network traffic can flow seamlessly even if there is interference on the bands. The technology will be from a great importance for delivering reliable video streaming, gaming and others. Mario Morales, group vice president, Semiconductors at IDC, said:
“Faster broadband Internet access and more demanding applications such as higher resolution video streaming and VR gaming are driving demand for Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, and soon Wi-Fi 7. 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 including flagship smartphones, PCs, consumer devices and vertical industries like retail and industrial; as service providers begin to deploy a wider spectrum of hotspots across these market segments.”
MediaTek took part in the development process of the Wi-Fi 7 version since its inception. The company is one of the first adopters of the technology. Moon Ho Lee, president at Korea Mercury, noted:
“Today’s consumers want an always-connected, reliable and fast Wi-Fi connection for many applications such as video calls, 4K/8K TV entertainment, real-time gaming, and others. MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 technology can fulfill the current need for all the applications consumers enjoy today and also open the door for future AR/VR applications which we can’t even imagine today.”
MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 is offers new capabilities in all available spectrums for Wi-Fi uses such as 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz. Wi-Fi 7 aims to deliver 2.4X faster speeds than Wi-Fi 6 because the new version can utilize 320Mhz channels and support 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technology. Wi-Fi 7 also has MLO to reduce latency by transmitting Wi-Fi on multiple bands and other features for enhanced interference avoidances and mitigation.