The evolution of WiFi networks in home environments has made it possible for many scenarios to seamlessly live without cables to connect to data networks. The 802.11ac standard has been a great evolution of the old 802.11n, but WiFi chips begin to appear with support for even better technology : 802.11ax.
This new standard is a new evolution of these standards that is retrocompatible with previous generations, but also brings greater speeds and attention, greater efficiency and better performance in areas where there is increasing interference.
Qualcomm begins the 802.11ax walk
On 802.11ax paper can be up to 4 times faster than 802.11ac networks, but routers with this technology also manage traffic better when there is a high density of networks that cross over to serve users.
Qualcomm has announced two new chips that support the technology. The IPQ8074 is oriented to routers and access points, and is a chip in 14 nm technology that makes use of a 12x12 configuration (8x8 in the 5 GHz band and 4x4 in the 2.4 GHz band) that supports MU -MIME. That means it can reach transfer speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps and do so with greater coverage than the current 802.11ac chips.
The second of the chips is the QCA6290, which will be integrated into WiFi devices and according to Qualcomm can multiply by four the transfer speeds of our WiFi devices. Not only that: it's also geared to be much more energy efficient, and chip makers say that energy consumption is reduced by two-thirds.
Both chips are expected to be available to manufacturers in the first half of this year, making it possible to start seeing them in real products (routers, access points, laptops, and even smartphones) during the second half of 2017.