Qualcomm’s new Wi-Fi chips are meant to rival 5G speeds

Qualcomm introduces a family of chips that can add incredibly fast high-speed Wi-Fi to mobile phones, laptops and routers at speeds up to 10 gigabits per second. This is the beginning of a new generation of high-speed Wi-Fi standards, but it is not used to speed up typical web browsing. Wi-Fi is undergoing major changes. Next year you will see routers, phones, laptops and other products.

Devices support what is called Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 is faster than it is now, but is a bit faster. Strangely, we are not talking here.

The Wi-Fi standard is being updated. The Wi-Fi standard is being updated. House or favorite coffee shop. This type of Wi-Fi is used for a very specific purpose, such as replacing a virtual reality headset's data cable with a high-speed wireless link. You can think of it as a single purpose wireless cable rather than a traditional Wi-Fi connection.

WiGig has been used for this purpose over the past few years, using a wireless technology called WiGig. According to Dino Bekis, Qualcomm's director of mobile and computing connectivity, WiGig can reach 10 meters per second using up to 5 gigabits per second using a connection standard called 802.11ad.

With Qualcomm's latest chips, WiGig Bekis supports a new generation of wireless standards, called 802.11ay, which can double speed and scale up to 100 meters. The Wi-Fi Alliance says the new standard "increases WiGig's maximum data transfer rate, improves spectral efficiency and reduces latency."

So how quickly is Wi-Fi not being used as a normal Wi-Fi? This range will only be seen if there is nothing literally between the transmitter and receiver. This high-speed Wi-Fi is based on millimeter wave propagation in the 60 GHz range. That means it's really fast. But penetrating obstacles like walls is a very difficult time. This is a problem if you want general purpose wireless technology.

Like 802.11ad, 802.11ad is an optional add-on to existing Wi-Fi technology. If you need one of these extreme wireless speeds, you can find a purpose for that person. The entire "wall" problem requires that routers and devices remain in the same room at high speeds to maintain the router and device.

Really catches. The adoption of VR gamers is obvious, but the early version of this technology found a minimal pickup in the market in two years. Asus has recently made interesting use with the ROG Phone, designed for gamers. Qualcomm says the technology is working with Facebook to use the Terragraph project to wirelessly provide home Internet connectivity.

WiGig will compete with 5G, which in some ways is similar to using these radio waves at similarly similarly limited speeds. 5G is not intended for home use like this, so WiGig can find places. However, both standards can compete with options to deliver Internet from the tower to the home. Terragraph on Facebook is doing WiGig and Verizon is doing 5G.

Do not worry about this at this time. If you buy a router next year, you will still have to watch the "Wi-Fi 6" logo. It's likely that WiGig will be able to provide you with advertising when you have captured and finished your purchase. You will probably have to buy something new to support it, and replace it with whatever you can replace Wi-Fi 6 instead of Wi-Fi 6.

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