NXP Semiconductors recently announced the launch of a comprehensive Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) product portfolio, which greatly expands the market range of products that can adopt the latest Wi-Fi standard. NXP ’s expanded Wi-Fi 6 product portfolio demonstrates NXP ’s vision and differentiated technology approach for new end-to-end solutions designed to help the automotive, access, mobile, industrial, and Internet of Things markets embrace the era of connected innovation.
Rafael Sotomayor, senior vice president of NXP Semiconductors ’Security and Connectivity Division, said that in order to provide Wi-Fi 6 to a wider market, OEMs need Wi-Fi 6 options that can meet their needs. They need product series that can meet the performance and cost needs of different market segments. With NXP ’s latest connectivity solutions, we help customers to more easily invest in our Wi-Fi 6 platform, and then use Wi-Fi 6 for smart homes, connected cars and industrial machinery. We are very pleased to see these markets gain the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 networking.
New Wi-Fi 6 addition to NPX’s portfolio
Wi-Fi 6 adds many improvements to the connection, including symmetric multi-gigabit (multi-gigabit) upload and download, significantly reducing latency, increasing capacity, and improving power efficiency across applications. As of now, these technological advancements have been limited to high-end products. Through NXP ’s extensive product portfolio, these advantages can now be applied to large-scale deployments in multiple markets, giving products the most advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including up to four times the performance improvement, wider coverage, extended battery life, Connection reliability is higher.
In addition, the focus of NXP ’s Wi-Fi 6 product portfolio includes its leading 4 × 4 and 8 × 8 streaming solutions integrated with Bluetooth 5 (Bluetooth 5), suitable for home and enterprise access solutions (88W9064, 88W9068), AEC-Q100-compliant dual-frequency parallel (Concurrent Dual) Wi-Fi 2 × 2 + 2 × 2 + Bluetooth 5 solution, designed for the highest performance infotainment and remote information processing automotive applications (88Q9098) , Dual-band parallel Wi-Fi 2 × 2 + 2 × 2 + Bluetooth 5 solution, providing top-level products (88W9098) for multimedia streaming and consumer access applications, 2 × 2 WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5 focusing on the Internet of Things, Reduce costs and improve power, and NXP ’s Silicon Germanium (SiGe) -based RF front-end solution portfolio can extend Wi-Fi 6 functionality from low-end to high-end applications, including 1 × 1, 2 × 2, 4 × 4 and 8 × 8 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) solutions. The product portfolio is packaged in ultra-compact 3 mm x 4 mm modules optimized for mobile solutions.
What is Wi-Fi 6?
The Wi-Fi 6 standard enables enterprises and service providers to support new and emerging applications within the same wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure while ensuring higher standards of support for older applications. This scenario prepares the ground for new business models and increased use of Wi-Fi.
This is exactly the same standard as 802.11ax. The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a campaign to give the IEEE 802.11ax standard the name „Wi-Fi 6”. This name suggests that this standard is a 6th generation Wi-Fi network. The justification for this idea was to simplify the marketing message of the 802.11ax standard in order to gain an image advantage over the standards of the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) used in cellular network technology (e.g. 5G).
Expectations about Wi-Fi 7 standard
During a speech during the August Wi-Fi Qualcomm Day and subsequent interviews, V.K. Jones, vice president of technology, shared details about the operation of Wi-Fi 7. He expects a three-step improvement over today’s Wi-Fi 6, called 802.11ax in the world of technology.
The first improvement expected will increase Wi-Fi 6 bandwidth and use new radio waves that will allow the governments of the United States and Europe to start wireless transmission soon next year. Secondly, the Wi-Fi 6 update in 2022 should improve speed, especially for those who transfer data such as videos from phones and computers. The third, and perhaps the most interesting, is the Wi-Fi update collection expected in 2024, known only under the technical name 802.11be.