Qualcomm Unveils Multi-Channel Mesh Wi-Fi 7 Platform: Everything You Need to Know
On Tuesday, Qualcomm unveiled its Wi-Fi 7 Immersive Home Platform, designed and optimized to work with home mesh Wi-Fi networking systems. The platform includes two new processors that use the 5GHz and 6GHz frequency bands, supporting 240MHz and 320MHz channels respectively. These characteristics translate into spectrum that is used by Wi-Fi 7 devices. According to the company, Qualcomm Wi-Fi 7 systems can achieve speeds up to 5.8 Gbps. This technology is combined with the Multi-Link Mesh feature, which allows you to dynamically switch between the available spectra and channels.
According to the official Blog Post from Qualcomm announcing Qualcomm Wi-Fi 7 Immersive Home Platforms, the technology is built on a modular chipset architecture that delivers over 20Gbps of total system throughput.
The company claims that the processor technology has been designed to enable collaboration, telepresence, AR/VR and immersive gaming in “today’s and tomorrow’s homes.” The technology is currently being tested and commercial sales are expected to begin in the second half of 2023.
“We designed the Qualcomm Immersive Home Platform to provide high-performance connectivity in a cost-effective, low-profile form factor that delivers the latest in home networking innovation,” said Nick Kucharevski, senior vice president and general manager, Wireless Infrastructure and Networks at Qualcomm Technologies.
The Qualcomm Wi-Fi 7 Immersive Home platform includes a patented Multi-Link Mesh system that selects, combines, or interleaves channels in the unlicensed 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz frequency bands based on network conditions, device capabilities, and home network topology. The company claims that the platform can deliver a 75 percent reduction in real-time latency in congested environments compared to Wi-Fi 6.
The system uses Wi-Fi 7 technology operating in the 5 GHz band, with 240 MHz channels and 4K QAM modulation, which the company claims helps to provide 80% higher throughput compared to Wi-Fi 6. As mentioned earlier, the platform is claimed to provide peak speeds of 5.8Gbps for a single connected device.