Promising the fastest available speeds in mobile Wi-Fi, Qualcomm is rolling out new Wi-Fi 6E chipsets capable of tapping into new bandwidth Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 and FastConnect 6900 mobile connectivity systems, the chipsets promise speeds of up to 3.6Gbps and "VR-class" low latency, as well as Bluetooth advancements for emerging use cases., which was made available by an FCC decision just . Dubbed the
With 1,200MHz of bandwidth untouched by other Wi-Fi devices up until now, the 6GHz band represents an awful lot of fresh real estate for wireless transmissions, with room for a greater number of wider channels for increased throughput. For comparison, the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used by current-generation Wi-Fi devices offer just 70MHz and 500MHz of bandwidth, respectively.
With the FCC voting unanimously to open that 6GHz band to unlicensed Wi-Fi, manufacturers are racing to take advantage. At the start of 2020 and in anticipation of the FCC's move, the Wi-Fi Allianceto help identify devices capable of accessing the 6GHz band. In February, Broadcom followed suit with .
"Wi-Fi Alliance members have mobilized around 6GHz in an unprecedented way, and we're excited to see Wi-Fi 6E solutions rapidly coming to market with the availability of new unlicensed spectrum in the US," said Kevin Robinson, senior vice president of marketing at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Qualcomm says that the FastConnect 6700 and 6900 systems are sampling now and will ship in devices during the second half of 2020.