Intel has announced 802.11ax chipsets for faster Wi-Fi

The new 802.11ax protocol will bring higher peak data rates and efficiency

The new 802.11ax protocol will bring higher peak data rates and efficiency

PixabayThe new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ax promises faster speed even over multiple connections. Its first chipsets will be based on Draft 2.0 of the 802.11ax standard, which will be more mature than infrastructures based on Draft 1.0, meaning better compatibility and interoperability with client devices. Those fond of hotspots or public Wi-Fi would benefit from the new standard. Routers and gateways based on Intel's new chipsets will be compatible with today's cable, DSL, and fiber optic networks, delivering faster wireless performance to home consumers and their devices.

Tal said, "The improvements in performance come precisely on time to provide a response to smart and connected homes".

In addition to that, the battery life of client devices is going to be extended with these new 802.11ax chips, while at the same time increasing network efficiency. What's holding it back for this year are delayed product certification. Devices based on 802.11ax Draft 1.0 will suffer from a suboptimal experience and increased interference. Intel recently made an announcement that it is readying new chips for what will be the next generation of Wi-Fi.

Intel is getting a head start on the eventual transition to 802.11ax.

Intel has now announced that its 802.11ac chipsets will be released in 2018. In addition, Intel's new 802.11ax home Wi-Fi chipsets will offer backward compatibility with older Wi-Fi technologies to support a breadth of client devices. "The 802.11ax standard lets Wi-Fi be faster and smarter and supports a larger than ever number of connected appliances with the growing popularity of HD standard streaming and the culture of smart devices and home security systems".

Any household with lots of devices connected to a central router would benefit from 802.11ax, as well. The new chipsets can connect up to 256 devices and can deliver enhanced throughput for a wide range of packet sizes.

In an email to The Verge, the Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group that sets the standards for new versions of Wi-Fi has said that it doesn't expect to see mass adoption of the new standard until 2019 as product certfication doesn't begin until next year. Plus, wireless traffic is fully offloaded from the SoC to the Wi-Fi chipset, giving the primary computing engine dedicated bandwidth for software and security functions.

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