MediaTek Wi-Fi 7 efforts are picking up steam at CES 2023

MediaTek is putting itself forward as a Wi-Fi 7 leader at CES 2023

Render of MediaTek Wi-Fi 7 Filogic 880 chipset
MediaTek Wi-Fi 7 plans center around the Filogic 880 chipset, which will enable faster connectivity speeds and lower latency in many devices

MediaTek Wi-Fi 7 tech is all over CES 2023, and it won’t be too long until it’s all over devices that will find their way into homes. The company is establishing itself as a leader in the next generation of wireless connectivity, pushing connectivity speeds higher and ensuring that smart home devices can take full advantage of those higher speeds.

Just prior to the start of CES 2023, MediaTek announced much of its 2023 product portfolio, featuring the Genio 700 series chipset, Filogic Wi-Fi 6E, and Wi-Fi 7 technologies. It’s all backbone tech that will be found in the next generation of routers, smart home devices, and much else in the years to come. That’s in addition to the high-powered Dimensity 9200 chipset we saw late last year that will be powering many high-end phones this year.

MediaTek Genio 700

The MediaTek Genio 700 is the latest addition to its portfolio of chipsets for smart home, smart retail, and industrial IoT products, and it’ll become available to hardware manufacturers as soon as Q2 of this year.

The chipset comprises two ARM A78 cores and six ARM A55 cores with a 4.0 TOPs AI accelerator. MediaTek announced that the Genio 700 could support cameras that capture FHD or 4K at 60fps, PCle 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen1, and can withstand up to ten years of use in industrial environments.

The primary improvement implemented on the Genio 700 chipset is power efficiency. Meanwhile, the Genio 700 SDK offers security improvements and more flexibility for developers who want to customize the chip’s function to match their products using Yocto Linux, Ubuntu, and Android.

MediaTek Filogic Wi-Fi 6E/7

The Filogic Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 chips are the product of MediaTek’s partnership with Federated Wireless, which the FCC licenses to operate an Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system. They are designed to unlock faster and improved range capabilities on indoor and outdoor 5G devices that transmit over 850 MHz spectrum in the 6 GHz frequency band, like gateways that convert 5G signals into local Wi-Fi connectivity.

The partnership enabled the completion of its AFC Device-to-AFC System interoperability testing, which involved intensive privacy and data security checks like verifying the proper AFC calculation and spectrum availability response and verifying the AFC System’s error handling.

With the tests completed, MediaTek announced that its customers would begin to launch devices that leverage Federated Wireless’ AFC system on Filogic Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 chips, such as the Filogic 880.

Wi-Fi 7 Ecosystem Showcase at CES 2023

Finally, MediaTek put it all together by showcasing a whole array of MediaTek Wi-Fi 7 products from other companies. Most notably, the next generation of Lenovo Legion gaming laptops will be Wi-Fi 7-ready, ensuring faster speeds and lower latency for one of the more demanding use cases — professional eSports. MediaTek Wi-Fi 7 products will use 320 MHz channels in the 6 GHz band, one of the high frequency bands also used in the 5G standard. Expect to see lots of products, including laptops, tablets, and smart home devices, using MediaTek Wi-Fi 7 tech, especially their Filogic 880 platform, in the years to come!

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