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Qualcomm releases four new Snapdragon platforms featuring ‘FastConnect’ Wi-Fi 6E

By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman

At this week’s Snapdragon Tech Summit event, Qualcomm released four new Snapdragon platforms, each featuring Qualcomm’s latest generation of ‘FastConnect’ Wi-Fi connectivity systems. All new Snapdragon platforms now support Wi-Fi 6E. Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced its intention to become an AFC operator to enable standard 6GHz Wi-Fi in Qualcomm-powered products.

Dino Bekis – VP & General Manager of Mobile & Compute Connectivity Business Unit at Qualcomm – says the evolution to Wi-Fi 6 and 6E is the fastest technology transition ever for the Wi-Fi industry. Now Qualcomm’s latest product news is fueling that fire: At this week’s Snapdragon Tech Summit event, Qualcomm released four new Snapdragon chipset platforms with integrated versions of Qualcomm’s “FastConnect” Wi-Fi device connectivity systems. All new platforms are Wi-Fi 6E capable.

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Here’s what the newly released suite of platforms looks like from a Wi-Fi-centric point of view: The FastConnect 6900 solution now powers high-performance Wi-Fi 6E for smartphones (on the Snapdragon 8 mobile platform Gen 1), laptops (on the Snapdragon 8cx computing platform Gen 3) and portable gaming devices (on the Snapdragon G3X gaming platform Gen 1), while the FastConnect 6700 system is now available on the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 computing platform.

While all three segments are important, Qualcomm says it is particularly breaking new ground in the enterprise-grade PC Wi-Fi connectivity market, while increasing its market share in smartphone Wi-Fi systems. Read our full interview with Qualcomm VP Dino Bekis here.

The premium FastConnect 6900 system delivers a peak Wi-Fi data rate of 3.6 Gbps and supports 160 MHz channels (on both 5 GHz and 6 GHz), 4k QAM, 4-stream DBS (2×2+2×2 ), and more. The “workhorse” FastConnect 6700 system delivers a peak Wi-Fi data rate of 2.9 GHz, Qualcomm says.

Qualcomm applies to become an AFC System Administrator

Earlier this week, Qualcomm applied to the US regulator FCC to become an so-called ‘AFC systems administrator’ – see the announcement by Qualcomm Senior VP & General Manager Rahul Patel on LinkedIn here. AFC — essentially a database search that ensures 6 GHz Wi-Fi signals don’t cause undue interference with seated users of the band — is required for standard power Wi-Fi operation over large portions of the 6 GHz band. Qualcomm says, “AFC technology is critical to enhanced Wi-Fi 6 connectivity for reliable coverage and reduced interference indoors and out.”

/claus.

Above: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform now includes FastConnect 6900-powered Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. Similar Wi-Fi 6E compatible platforms are now available for laptops and portable gaming devices.

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