Qualcomm unveils Wi-Fi 6E portfolio to take advantage of 6 GHz

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Qualcomm says its FastConnect 6900 offers the fastest available Wi-Fi 6 speed, up to 3.6 Gbps, of any mobile Wi-Fi offering in the industry. (Qualcomm)

Qualcomm Technologies introduced a portfolio of mobile connectivity systems that it’s calling the most advanced Wi-Fi 6E offering of its kind.

The Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 and Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 systems feature Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.6 Gbps, VR-class low latency and Bluetooth advancements. They’re also designed to take advantage of the 6 GHz band, where the FCC recently approved 1,200 megahertz for unlicensed use.

The 6 GHz band is tied to the latest generation of the Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6. The Wi-Fi Alliance created the Wi-Fi 6E moniker to designate devices that are based on the Wi-Fi 6 standard that will “extend,” or operate, in the 6 GHz band. Qualcomm was one of the advocates for opening up the 6 GHz band as part of a consortium of tech companies that included Apple, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Facebook, Google and more.

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“With the introduction of the FastConnect 6900 and 6700 solutions, Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the mobile experience by extending the power of Wi-Fi 6 into the 6 GHz band and advancing wireless audio with cutting-edge integrated Bluetooth 5.2 features,” said Dino Bekis, vice president and general manager, mobile and compute connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, in a statement. “These innovations enable us to further break away from the pack and deliver a connectivity portfolio optimized to accelerate global adoption across multiple smartphone tiers.”

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Qualcomm points to a couple features that are driving the promised performance:  

  • Qualcomm 4K QAM (2.4, 5, 6 GHz) – an “industry first” implementation of this advanced modulation technique can extend the maximum QAM rate, across any supported band, from 1K to 4K for enhanced gaming and ultra HD streaming.
  • 160 MHz channels support in both 5 and 6 GHz bands, dramatically expanding throughput while reducing congestion.

FastConnect 6900 delivers an extra boost of performance through additional unique feature implementation of 4-stream Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS) with multi-band (including 6 GHz) capabilities, according to the company.

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The FastConnect 6900 and 6700 solutions are now sampling and will ship in production during the second half of 2020.

RELATED: Wi-Fi Alliance gears up for 6 GHz opportunity with introduction of Wi-Fi 6E

IDC has said it expects initial Wi-Fi 6E products to enter the market this year, with the first Wi-Fi 6E access points available by the fourth quarter of 2020. In 2021, Wi-Fi 6E will gain traction with the adoption of chipsets that target flagship smartphones, PCs, TVs and VR devices, according to IDC.

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