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Qualcomm Debuts Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series

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Today we lifted the curtain on four new Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms – the 1620, 1220, 820, and 620. Together, they comprise the Wi-Fi 7 generation (and third in the Series) of this iconic family of infrastructure platforms – and the industry’s most scalable portfolio commercially available. At MWC Barcelona just a few months ago, we were excited to introduce the world’s first Wi-Fi 7 commercial solution. Now we’re thrilled to unveil the other side of that story.

For many, Wi-Fi 6, 6E, and now 7 have come in rapid succession. But viewed as a rising crescendo of capabilities delivered through standards bodies, regulators, and technology providers, Wi-Fi 7 is the culmination of a powerful set of capabilities set to transform wireless connectivity.

Wi-Fi 6 was primarily about delivering massive amounts of data capacity through multi-user technologies, like OFDMA and MU-MIMO. Wi-Fi 6E then applies these modern capabilities to wider and more plentiful channels across a new, broader swath of unlicensed spectrum. So, with a massive increase of devices sporting high performance, stable connections, and a new, wider spectrum available to service them, Wi-Fi 7 turns to the task of surging performance – specifically, for ultra-low latency, extremely high throughput, and ever-higher capacity through the most efficient use of spectrum. These are the capabilities that will fuel the real-time collaboration gaming, streaming, video sharing, and XR applications of tomorrow.

We’ve discussed the defining features of Wi-Fi 7 previously. For Wi-Fi 7 networks, support for 320MHz channels and expert implementation of Multi-Link technology is at the heart of realizing massive gains in performance.

Each generation of Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms has introduced next-gen Wi-Fi 6, 6E, and 7 capabilities, respectively. What defines this family of platforms as the gold standard in professional-grade networking – with over 275 designs wins across every major OEM and segment – is its powerful blend of high-performance architecture and modular scalability to span design needs.

That pedigree is on full display again with our Wi-Fi 7 portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies’ approach is to offer flexible solutions supporting all high-performance feature implementations with common software on a newly designed architecture – continuing our legacy of ensuring fast time-to-market for a wide range of connectivity networking solutions.

All configurations of Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series platforms — from 6-stream to 16-stream — support 320MHz operation. Additionally, all support simultaneous Multi-Link, as well alternating Multi-Link mode. Simultaneous Multi-Link in high-band channels (HBS Multi-Link) delivers massive capacity, stability, and extremely low latency when connected with Qualcomm FastConnect 7800-based Wi-Fi 7 devices – a key differentiator for next-gen smartphones, PCs, XR devices and more. These capabilities establish tri-band Wi-Fi 7 as a new baseline with quad-band offerings available at the premium tier.

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Together, the Wi-Fi 7 feature toolkit and Qualcomm Networking Pro Series architecture deliver new industry benchmarks for networking performance –with wireless capacity up to 33 Gbps*. Once considered impossible over wireless connections, third generation Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms will enable for the first time over 10 Gbps backhaul for enterprise and home mesh Wi-Fi systems. Paired with 5G fixed wireless access, 10G-PON fiber, and advanced cable protocols, these platforms deliver turnkey business and personal connectivity solutions.

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Finally, to ensure enhanced 6GHz operation, both indoors and outside, third generation Networking Pro Series platforms support Qualcomm AFC Solution. Qualcomm AFC Solution is a turnkey solution, spanning network hardware, software, and fully supported cloud management capabilities.
Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront of Wi-Fi evolution, driving the standards and technology to fulfill our customers aspirations. We play a leading role, working closely with IEEE and WFA members, to finalize Wi-Fi 7.

Beyond technology and standards leadership, Qualcomm Technologies is focused on delivering industry-leading, fully implemented platforms to our customers with the flexibility they need to deliver best-in-class experiences. For these third generation Qualcomm Networking Pro Series Platforms, those Wi-Fi experiences will be yielding the benefits of extreme speed, capacity, and consistent low latency.
 

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