Qualcomm Demonstrates Accelerating Wi-Fi 6 Momentum and Highlights Key Inflection Point in Wireless Connectivity Evolution

Aug 27, 2019

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, hosted a Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6 Day, and detailed comprehensive Wi-Fi 6 momentum across crucial multiple product segments, including mobile, compute, and auto.

At the event, the company announced and demonstrated support for important new Wi-Fi 6 features, described its traction of Wi-Fi 6 designs and global updates on key feature adoption, and hosted key customers to offer insights on the consumer value of Wi-Fi 6.

The company has formalized an end-to-end vision and differentiated technology approach that is designed to help expand the global impact of Wi-Fi 6 and help usher in an era of connectivity innovation where Wi-Fi 6 and 5G work together to meet the challenge of delivering superior high-speed connectivity to dozens, hundreds, and thousands of connected devices simultaneously.

Qualcomm Technologies has been at the leading edge of wireless innovation for decades, by virtue of our focused investment in research and development across various industries,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, said today's announcements represent a critical milestone in unlocking the massive potential of Wi-Fi 6 across every product segment we touch, and blazes a path toward the fullest implementation of Wi-Fi 6 technology.

The transformative nature of Wi-Fi 6 will have a deep impact across all categories of connected devices and environments, said Edgar Figueroa, president and chief executive officer, Wi-Fi Alliance. "We're going to witness dynamic changes in Wi-Fi with the inclusion of advanced features in Wi-Fi 6 which will drive improved network capacity, better performance and increased speeds.

Wi-Fi 6 Mobile and Computing Leadership

FastConnect is the name of Qualcomm Technologies’ integrated advanced connectivity subsystem spanning Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other non-cellular connectivity technologies within the Snapdragon Mobile and Compute Platforms . In addition to core connectivity capability, the FastConnect subsystem delivers a host of highly differentiated features that aims to set new industry benchmarks for faster connections at longer range, smoother video streaming, powerful gaming experiences, premium audio performance, and the highest level of Wi-Fi security commercially available.

Also at Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6 Day, the company announced support for Uplink MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multi-In Multi-Out), a significant innovation in the Wi-Fi 6 standard, for its upcoming next-generation Wi-Fi 6 Qualcomm FastConnect 6800 Subsystem With emerging applications like live video sharing, online gaming, and AR/VR set to transform the data landscape, the delivery and management of uplink data traffic is surging in importance for mobile users. Qualcomm Technologies pioneered advanced and practical MU-MIMO designs and the company’s technology pedigree, trading on over a decade of research and development in algorithmic optimization, is supported by its recent landmark achievement of shipping its 750 millionth MU-MIMO-enabled connectivity solution for client devices.

We deliver the fastest and most immersive online PC gaming experiences, and using the absolute latest wireless technology is very important,” said Michael Cubbage, chief executive officer and founder, Rivet Networks. Qualcomm Technologies has been a key partner on this front, delivering Wi-Fi 6 technology that features the high throughput and the low latency that is critical to providing the ultimate online gaming experience.

"With billions of devices needing connectivity from the edge to the cloud in the coming years, new technology like Wi-Fi 6 has never been more critical to deliver performance for dense network environments, power savings, and improve data security," said Ian LeGrow, partner and director, Microsoft Corp. "Qualcomm Technologies' new Wi-Fi 6 solutions provide a key part of the underlying foundation for the comprehensive connectivity needed to connect our homes and workplaces to the cloud."

The QCA6696 chip is now sampling and is expected to appear in commercial vehicles in 2021.

For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.

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