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Qualcomm and MediaTek first to offer WiFi 6 802.11ax chips

Monday, January 14, 2019

Qualcomm and MediaTek have both introduced their new 802.11ax chip solutions to support Wi-Fi 6 devices, seeking to secure a preemptive presence in both enterprise and household network chips markets in the 5G era.

Wi-Fi 6, announced in early October 2018 by Wi-Fi Alliance as the designation for devices based on 802.11ax standard, will become a crucial pivot point behind B2B business opportunities in the 5G era, according to industry observers.

This has prompted Qualcomm and MediaTek to roll out the latest 802.11ax chip solutions to meet the demand from both enterprise and household Wi-Fi users for better user experience by offering higher capacity, better coverage and reduced congestion for Wi-Fi networks.

Qualcomm has estimated the shipment ratio for its 802.11ax chip solutions to surge to over 33% by 2023, indicating stunning growth momentum in future market demand for the solutions.

Qualcomm has seen many international clients, including Ruckus, Huawei, H3C, NEC, EnGenius, Charter Communications, Calix and Korea Telecom roll out diverse enterprise and telecom network products based on the chipmaker's Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax chip solutions, the observers said. At the CES 2019, Qualcomm has also released home-use network products adopting similar chip solutions, developed in cooperation with Netgear.

Also at CES 2019, MediaTek launched its newest intelligent connectivity chipset to support Wi-Fi 6 technology for home and enterprise wireless network services. The firm's 802.11 ax chip solutions can support 2x2 and 4x4 that comply with the most updated standard, and also support OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access) and 1024 QAM applications.

MediaTek is moving to leverage its leaderships in the markets for TV, video streaming equipment, smart speaker and tablet chipsets to fast boost customer satisfaction about its 802.11 ax chip solutions.

MediaTek also leads in adopting the Wi-Fi Alliance EasyMesh standard for extended Wi-Fi coverage, with its family of smart home chipsets to be EasyMesh compatible. The new standard extends the Wi-Fi signal for total access in the home or even into the backyard.

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