Qualcomm’s next generation Wi-Fi chips promise blazing speeds, unless you’re hiding behind a corner
Qualcomm has released a new family of Wi-Fi chips: QCA64x8 and QCA64x1, 64x8 chips will power infrastructure and fixed devices, while 64x1 chips are reserved for mobile applications. Both are capable of delivering data speeds of up to 10 Gbps, two times higher than the maximum speeds previous chips allowed.
One of the most obvious uses for the high bandwidth that comes with the new chip is VR. Whether it’s a standalone headset or a pair of goggles that you put your phone in, the new technology will enable future devices to receive ultra-high definition images over the air. Cloud gaming is starting to gain popularity, but internet speeds and high latency are still an obstacle for its mass adoption. When the 802.11ay standard becomes common, you might be able to play triple A games without investing in powerful hardware.
Don’t get excited just yet, however, as with every cutting-edge technology, it will take some time before it trickles down to the average consumer. Not only do we need to wait until the new chip gets into smartphones available on the market, but Wi-Fi routers that supports 802.11ay as well. This makes the wait for 10 Gb home Wi-Fi network a long one. Oh, and you’d need to get an internet connection that fast to your home as well, not exactly an easy thing to do.