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Quarterly update: Wi-Fi 6E devices driving technology innovation

April 06, 2021 by The Beacon

Each quarter, Wi-Fi Alliance® highlights companies driving technology innovation by introducing new Wi-Fi 6E products into the market

Since Wi-Fi Alliance® announced Wi-Fi 6E certification, extending Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ into 6 GHz, several Wi-Fi 6E chipsets and products have been announced. Wi-Fi 6E devices leverage the unique benefits of 6 GHz spectrum to deliver higher data rates, increased capacity, excellent performance in dense environments, and improved power efficiency. Additionally, Wi-Fi 6E provides four times more capacity than Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, utilizing up to seven superwide 160 MHz channels for blazing speeds, as well as the lowest possible latency.

Wi-Fi 6E devices bring the immense benefits of 6 GHz spectrum into users’ hands as the band is made available around the world. Saudi Arabia announced it would make 6 GHz available for unlicensed use, joining countries including Brazil, Chile, the European Union, Guatemala, Honduras, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States in opening new spectrum that will enable Wi-Fi 6E to deliver significant socioeconomic benefits. Wi-Fi 6E devices and chipsets have already entered the market from vendors including ASUS, Broadcom, Infineon, Intel®, LG Innotek, Linksys, Maxlinear, MediaTek, Netgear, ON Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Qorvo, Samsung, and TP-Link, and we expect the momentum will only continue.

Here we highlight some of the latest Wi-Fi 6E devices that are unleashing the benefits of 6 GHz for consumers and businesses around the world.

Access Points

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000​ router

The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000​ gaming router supports Wi-Fi 6E, boasting speeds up to 11000 Mbps. The router provides triple-level game acceleration, boosting game traffic and lowering ping rates to reduce game latency for an amazing gaming experience.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000

Linksys AXE8400​ router

The Linksys AXE8400​ takes advantage of the 6 GHz band, reducing congestion in Wi-Fi networks, and delivering more stable connections for clearer, faster home networks. This router is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, ensuring it meets the highest standards for interoperability, security, and safety.

 

Linksys AXE8400

NETGEAR Nighthawk® Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E router​

The NETGEAR Nighthawk Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E router supports Wi-Fi 6E, boasting speeds of up to 10.8 Gbps. Netgear promises that users will enjoy ultra-fast speeds, smooth streaming, and lower latency for 4K/8K streaming, AR/VR gaming, and video conferencing. The 1.8 GHz quad-core processor delivers fast and reliable connections for up to 60 devices across 2,500 square feet.

NETGEAR Nighthawk Tri-Band WiFi 6E router

TP-Link Archer AX96 router

The TP-Link Archer AX96 is one of four TP-Link routers that support Wi-Fi 6E announced at CES 2021. This router boasts unimpeded streaming on the newly opened 6 GHz band, enabling more simultaneous transmissions at the highest possible speeds.

TP-Link Archer AX96

TP-Link Archer AX206​ router

The TP-Link Archer AX206​ supports Wi-Fi 6E, expanding into the less congested and broader 6 GHz band. The router also features the advanced simultaneous transmission of DL/UL MU-MIMO. The TP-Link Archer AX206 promises 10 Gbps speeds over Wi-Fi, allowing users to quickly download and upload traffic faster, while also sharing huge files to other connected devices in a matter of seconds.

TP-Link Archer AX206

TP-Link Deco X96 router

The TP-Link Deco X96 router is a whole home mesh Wi-Fi 6E system that can boost overall speeds up to an 7800 Mbps, and can connect up to 200 devices without impeding performance. The mesh system achieves seamless whole home coverage, providing a clearer and stronger whole home Wi-Fi signal.

TP-Link Deco X96

TP-Link Deco X76 Plus router

The TP-Link Deco X76 Plus router supports tri-band Wi-Fi and can boost speeds up to 5400 Mbps. This router supports operation in the 6 GHz band for more bandwidth and faster speeds, and can connect up to 150 devices without dragging down performance.

TP-Link Deco X76 Plus

 

Smartphones, laptops, TVs, and accessories

Intel vPro laptop platform

The Intel vPro laptop platform is one of the world’s first Wi-Fi 6E client devices. The vPro laptop platform comes in the form of an M.2 format card that can be installed into compatible desktops or laptops, supporting Wi-Fi 6E—allowing users to experience up to 41% faster speeds during a video conference.

Intel vPro

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of the first smartphones to support Wi-Fi 6E, and boasts the distinction of achieving its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 certification. The Galaxy S21 Ultra provides faster connectivity, allowing users to share and stream data in the blink of an eye, enjoying fast video downloading and smooth video conferencing and streaming.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV

The Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV is the first television to obtain Wi-Fi 6E certification from Wi-Fi Alliance. The television supports four times faster connectivity, as well as stable and reliable data transfers—even when users have multiple devices connected to a single router.

Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV

 

Wireless adapters

ASUS ROG Strix Z590-I and Z590-E

The ROG Strix Z590-I and Z590-E both support Wi-Fi 6E, offering high performance networking with the Intel WiFi 6E AX210 chipset and excellent gaming connectivity. Both motherboards are designed for optimal power saving, and provide industry-leading gaming audio.

ROG Strix Z590-I

ROG Strix Z590-E

NICGIGA Wi-Fi 6E 5400Mbps AX210 Wireless PCIe card

The NICGIGA WiFi 6E 5400Mbps AX210 Wireless PCIe Card maximizes the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 by implementing Wi-Fi 6E technology supporting 6 GHz. The PCIe card enables greater network flexibility, faster downloads, sharing and backups as well as reduced latency and improved reliability.

NICGIGA Wi-Fi 6E 5400Mbps AX210 Wireless PCIe card

REKONG Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (Gig+) adapter

The REKONG Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (Gig+) adapter supports Wi-Fi 6E technology and the related Wi-Fi Alliance certification. The product supports dual-stream Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands, with throughput speeds exceeding 2 Gbps.

REKONG Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (Gig+) adapter

Ubit Wi-Fi 6E PCIe card

The Ubit WiFi 6E PCIe card brings faster and clearer Wi-Fi to unlock the potential of Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 6 routers. The product supports high speed sand extremely long range, with speeds up to 2402 Mbps in 6 GHz, ideal for gaming and 4K streaming.

Ubit Wi-Fi 6E PCIe card

Wise Tiger AX210NGW Wi-Fi card

The Wise Tiger AX210NGW Wi-Fi Card adopts the Wi-Fi 6E standard with the Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 chipset, providing tri-band signal in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands. The card offers a maximum speed of up to 2400 Mbps in the 6 GHz band.

Wise Tiger AX210NGW Wi-Fi card

XIAOLO Wi-Fi 6E AX210 PCIe Wi-Fi card

The XIAOLO Wi-Fi 6E AX210 PCIe Wi-Fi Card features Wi-Fi 6E Technology to deliver higher peak data rates and up to 4x capacity in dense or congested environments. With the Intel AX210 chipset, this Wi-Fi card supports speeds of up to 2400 Mbps for online gaming and 8K Ultra HD video streaming, all without buffering.

XIAOLO Wi-Fi 6E AX210 PCIe Wi-Fi card

 

Chipsets

Broadcom BCM4389 chipset

Broadcom’s BCM4389 chipset is a low-power, highly integrated Wi-Fi 6E combination chip that is optimized for mobile handset applications where high performance, low power consumption, and a compact size are key requirements. The BCM4389 supports 160 MHz wide channels and 6 GHz band operations, as well as a power management unit that maximizes battery life. Broadcom has launched a full suite of Wi-Fi 6E products, including a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED access point chip.

 

Broadcom BCM4389 chipset

Infineon AIROC™ Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Combo

The Infineon AIROC Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Combo solutions operate in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz spectrum, delivering robust performance and minimal latency and making them the ideal solution for high-quality video and audio streaming applications such as gaming consoles, AR/VR, smart speakers, and automotive infotainment.

Infineon AIROC™ Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Combo

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 chipset

The Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (Gig+) supports Wi-Fi 6E, providing dual-band Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands. The module maximizes the benefits of Wi-Fi 6, dramatically improving the connected experience at home, at work, or on the go.

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210

LG Innotek Automotive Wi-Fi 6E module

LG Innotek introduced the first automotive Wi-Fi 6E module, combining a communications chipset, a radio frequency (RF) circuit, and other components. These modules are near-field wireless communication components that connect in-vehicle infotainment systems—which control driving information and multimedia content—to internal smart devices and external routers. With Wi-Fi 6E, the module boasts data transmission speeds approximately three times faster than with Wi-Fi 5.

LG Innotek Automotive Wi-Fi 6E module

Maxlinear WAV664 Wi-Fi 6E chipset

The WAV664 delivers speeds up to 4.8 Gbps in the 6GHz band enabling routers and gateways to deliver multi-gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and provide higher-quality user experiences for applications in Ultra HD, 4K and 8K video streaming especially in dense environments.

Maxlinear WAV664 Wi-Fi 6E chipset

MediaTek MT7915-AP-AX and MT7915-STA-AX Wi-Fi 6E platforms

MediaTek is now offering both its MT7915-AP-AX (Access Point) and MT7915-STA-AX (Client-side) Wi-Fi 6E platforms as test bed devices for Wi-Fi Alliance. These two test bed devices support operation in the 6 GHz band, which is now used by exclusively for Wi-Fi 6E.

MediaTek MT7915-AP-AX and MT7915-STA-AX

ON Semiconductor QCS-AX2 chipset

The ON Semiconductor QCS-AX2 chipset family supports the new Wi-Fi 6E standard. The series supports key Wi-Fi 6E features, such as orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), advanced MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple input, multiple output), 160 MHz channel support for faster speeds, and SmartScan channel selection for maximum band utilization.

ON Semiconductor QCS-AX2

Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210 Platform chipset

The Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210 Platform chipset is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, featuring a fully integrated Wi-Fi 6E platform that is ideal for enterprise applications. It can simultaneously use 2.4, 5, and 6 GHz spectrum bands with 160 MHz channel support, delivering peak speeds of up to 8.4 Gbps. It also supports virtual reality (VR)-class low-latency performance and offers extended range. Qualcomm currently offers several chipsets that support Wi-Fi 6E.

Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210 Platform

Qorvo QPF4656 and QPF4632 front end modules (FEMs)

Qorvo introduced the Qorvo QPF4656 and QPF4632 FEMs in January 2021. These FEMs are designed to maximize throughput and range in high-bandwidth applications, such as 8K video streaming, online gaming, and virtual reality. The QPF4656 is designed for consumer Wi-Fi 6E routers and gateways, while the QPF4632 is designed for enterprise power-over-ethernet (POE) Wi-Fi 6E products and applications.

Qorvo QPF4656 and QPF4632

These Wi-Fi 6E products are just the first in what promises to be a wide array of new and exciting devices. In the coming months, we expect to see additional Wi-Fi 6E chipsets, smartphones, PCs, and laptops, with TVs and VR products hitting the market midyear 2021.​

*Product descriptions are provided by vendor marketing materials

 

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