Celeno delivers 802.11ax Wi-Fi solution

Celeno delivers 802.11ax Wi-Fi solution

Intel is helping OEMs to smoothly transition to the new standard by upgrading its WAV500 Series home Wi-Fi chipsets to 802.11ax without needing to change the host SoC. Chipsets upgraded to 802.11ax will also offer backward compatibility with existing Wi-Fi technologies.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry consortium that helps smooth the arrival of the 802.11 family of wireless networking engineering standards, is working on technology that will help Wi-Fi work better despite modern-day challenges.

"These performance enhancements are coming just in time to answer new demands in the smart and connected home".

Next year (2019 in case you still think that we're in 2017), the current 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard will be replaced by the new 802.11ax that will offer faster internet speeds.

The new Wi-Fi standard is expected to be faster, but the real improvement is its efficiency over multiple connections.

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"There are already more than eight devices in the average United States home" using Wi-Fi, said Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Intel isn't even all that early to the picture. And while Intel's Wi-Fi chips are used in Arris routers - which are used by Comcast, so they're inherently pretty popular - Intel isn't almost as big in the connectivity space as some of the other chip companies, so this availability isn't necessarily going to be what gets the ball rolling.

Intel is getting a head start on the eventual transition to 802.11ax. This is important since a more mature draft - Draft 2.0 or higher - will be the baseline for 802.11ax certification, and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED* is the only way to truly guarantee multivendor interoperability. This is due to product certification. But the chips also have to make their way down to smaller devices, like laptops and phones, which will take longer.

The Wi-Fi Alliance is still hammering out an official specification for 802.11ax. Realistically, it may well be at least a couple of years before we see mass adoption of the new standard, and actually begin using it to connect to the web.

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