Qualcomm introduces a second-gen 60GHz Wi-Fi chip: based on 802.11ay

Today, Qualcomm announced a new generation of Wi-Fi chips, QCA64x8 for basic network facilities/fixed wireless devices and QCA64x1 for mobile products. This generation of Wi-Fi chips is based on the 802.11ay specification and is not part of the IEEE’s orthodox sixth-generation Wi-Fi 802.11ax family.

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At present, some Snapdragon 835/845 devices (such as ASUS ROG gaming phone), some notebooks, HTC Vive wireless package, and others support the 802.11ad standard through the deployment of radio waves in the 60GHz ultra-high frequency band, to achieve short-distance big data stream transmission.

The new 802.11ay can reach 10Gbps+ speed (ad is up to 5Gbps), the transmission range is also increased from 10m to 100m, and the delay is comparable to a wired network. Qualcomm even said that it will advance the network speed category of the 5G era in the Wi-Fi wireless LAN scenario, which can benefit in the Internet of Things (IoT), 4K video, Wi-Fi sensing, mixed reality, wireless projection, and other areas.

Currently, Facebook has announced plans to deploy products based on the QCA6438 and QCA6428 chip platforms, while QCA64x8 and QCA64x1 are also announced to ship today.

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