MediaTek today announced its newest intelligent connectivity chipset to support the next generation of Wi-Fi technology — Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) — for home and enterprise wireless network services. It will support a range of products including wireless access points, routers, gateways and repeaters, bringing faster and more reliable connectivity throughout the smart home.
MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 6 chips support 2×2 and 4×4 which comply with the most updated standards. The Wi-Fi 6 chip also has a flexible architecture to support updated features when the Wi-Fi 6 specification is finalized later in 2019.
MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 6 ready chipset offers device makers several advantages based on the 802.11ax specification including:
- Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA): Uplink and Downlink OFDMA increases efficiency and capacity of wireless network devices. It ensures bandwidth for voice, video, social network and gaming applications via download and uplink scheduling.
- Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO): Increases channel capacity when servicing multiple devices that operate simultaneously.
- Target Wake Time (TWT): Defines the specific times when clients wake and sleep enabling IoT devices to reduce power consumption and increase battery life.
- Spatial Reuse: Allows access points to share channel capacity by making intelligent decisions on when to transmit data.
MediaTek also brings unique built-in solutions to its chipset along with meeting the newest Wi-Fi standard to improve the end-user experience. MediaTek’s connectivity technology, empowered with OFDMA, 1024QAM solves data traffic conflicts. It reschedules multi-user’s packets and provides a higher internet data rate so there is no lag while playing online games or streaming video.
It also delivers better concurrent performance between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with the latest Wi-Fi 6 access point + Bluetooth combo chip to guarantee spectrum efficiency when two radios work simultaneously.
MediaTek also supports and is leading the deployment of the Wi-Fi Alliance EasyMesh standard for extended Wi-Fi coverage. MediaTek’s family of smart home chipsets will be EasyMesh compatible. The new standard extends the Wi-Fi signal for total access in the home or even into the backyard.
MediaTek’s is currently the market-share leader of chips for the Wi-Fi AP solution.