We finally have a worthy contender for ethernet. It's called Wi-Fi 7

MediaTek claims the new wireless standard IEEE 802.11be boasts speeds at par with Thunderbolt 3

Aman Ali

1/24/20221 min read

Global fabless semiconductor company MediaTek today announced their first live demo of Wi-Fi 7 technology as part of their Filogic connectivity portfolio. The company showcased two demos to key customers and industry partners to highlight the technology's ultra-fast speeds and low latency transmission.

“The rollout of Wi-Fi 7 will mark the first time that Wi-Fi can be a true wireline/Ethernet replacement for super high-bandwidth applications,” said Alan Hsu, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intelligent Connectivity business at MediaTek. “MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 technology will be the backbone of home, office and industrial networks and provide seamless connectivity for everything from multi-player AR/VR applications to cloud gaming and 4K calls to 8K streaming and beyond.”

Wi-Fi 7 will offer new functionalities in all the available spectrums for Wi-Fi uses, including 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, and 6Ghz. The technology is expected to deliver 2.4x faster speeds than Wi-Fi 6 even with the same set of antennas since Wi-Fi 7 can utilize 320Mhz channels and support 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technology.

QAM is basically a modulation scheme used for transmitting data by network operations. It enables an analog signal to efficiently increase the useable bandwidth of a network and transmit digital information. Other noteworthy features of Wi-Fi 7 include MLO to reduce latency by transmitting Wi-Fi on multiple bands, in addition to multi-user resource unit (MRU) features for enhanced interference avoidances and mitigation.

The first consumer products with this technology are expected to launch in markets within the next two years.