Qualcomm looking past Wi-Fi 6E to Wi-Fi 7 for higher throughput and lower latency

The global semiconductor shortage really likes to get in the way of any tech it touches, and that includes routers. Wi-Fi 6 is what most would consider the current standard, when really we should be well and truly in the Wi-Fi 6E era by now given many products launched back in mid 2021. Unfortunately the shortage has severely impacted the uptake of this new tech which is likely going to be replaced by Wi-Fi 7 before it ever really had a chance.

Signs that it might just be best to skip over Wi-Fi 6E for those looking to upgrade are only increasing with The Register reporting that Qualcomm has thrown its support to WiFi 7. This hard lean into the newer Wi-Fi 7 standard has been driven largely by the larger throughput demands of things like VR, AR, and potential metaverses while still meeting the latency requirements to engage in such games.

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“That introduces challenges, where you have to deliver this extremely high throughput – which is the tagline for Wi-Fi 7 at the IEEE – but you have to deliver that extremely high throughput at sustained low latency. So an application such as VR obviously needs throughput, but you have to actually hit the latency targets to make it work,” Andy Davidson, Qualcomm’s senior director for Technology Planning told The Register.

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