MediaTek Demos Next-Gen Wi-Fi 7 Standard Boasting Near Thunderbolt 3 Speeds

According to the company, the world's first live demo of wi-fi 7 for key customers and industry collaborators paved the way for the wireless network technology to enter mainstream consumer hardware as early as next year.

The demos demonstrated the ability of the new standard to reach the maximum speed defined by the official name of the standard. The multi-link operation technology was highlighted by the company. Network traffic can still flow smoothly even if there is interference or congestion on the bands, because MLO aggregates multiple channels on different frequencies at the same time. The term "filogic" is used to refer to MediaTek's wi-fi 7 portfolio.

The first time that wi-fi can be a true wireline/Ethernet replacement for high-bandwidth applications will be with the release of wi-fi 7. "MediaTek's wi-fi 7 technology will be the backbone of home, office and industrial networks and provide seamless connection for everything from multi-player augmented and virtual reality applications to cloud gaming and 4K calls to 8K streaming and beyond."
"Faster broadband Internet access and more demanding applications such as higher resolution video streaming and virtual reality gaming are driving demand for the next generation of wireless devices," said Mario Morales, group vice president, Semiconductors atIDC. As service providers begin to introduce new features, such as multi-link operation, it will make it more attractive for devices including flagship smartphones, PCs, consumer devices and vertical industries like retail and industrial.

Even with the same number of antennas, it is said that wi-fi 7 will deliver 2.4x faster speeds than wi-fi 6.

The same speed as Thunderbolt 3 is expected by the wi-fi alliance to be reached by wi-fi 7. According to ArsTechnica, the previous version of the internet, wi-fi 5, has a max output of 3.5Gbps, while wi-fi 6 supports speeds up to 9.6Gbps. The marketing name for the technology is "Wifi 6", which is supported by all iPhone 11 and later models, the newest iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and all Macs powered by Apple Silicon.

The next step is called wi-fi 6e. The spectrum used by the devices supporting the 6E is dedicated and has up to seven additional 160MHz channels, while the spectrum used by the other devices is the same. The rumors that Apple's iPhone 13 series would include wi-fi 6e never panned out. Apple's upcoming augmented reality headset is expected to support it to meet the needs of the high-end, immersive experience it will deliver, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

It's difficult to say when the protocol for the Wi-fi 7 standard will be finalized, since it hasn't been done yet, but it's clear that the development of the standard has been done by MediaTek. The market for products with wi-fi 7 is expected to start in 2023. It's not likely that Apple will support the 7th generation of wi-fi in any of its devices.