Intel will start rolling out Wi-Fi 7 in 2024

It will take at least another year for this technology to be integrated into devices available on the market.

Are you frustrated with the wireless speed of your devices? Never mind: Intel should start deploying the new version of the Wi-Fi standard (802.11be) in the relatively near future. According to ETNews, Wi-Fi 7 should be integrated into the first devices by 2024.

“We are currently developing Intel’s 802.11be Wi-Fi with the goal of achieving Wi-FI Alliance certification, and it will be installed in PCs and laptops by 2024,” says Eric McLaughlin , president of wireless communications at Intel.

It will use the same three frequency bands (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz) as its predecessor, Wi-Fi 6E which currently dominates its subject. But in addition to this similarity, this seventh generation should benefit from a very significant performance gain on three points in particular.

A very promising new generation

The first is the raw transfer speed, which should more or less double compared to Wi-Fi 6E. The second concerns bandwidth, which will now reach an impressive 320 MHz; that’s nearly double Wi-Fi 6E (170 MHz). Finally, it will also be entitled to a technology called Multi-Link Operation, or MLO.

This will allow devices equipped with Wi-Fi 7 to send and receive data on different frequency bands at the same time. This represents a significant evolution from previous generations, which until now could only connect to one band at a time in the majority of cases.

Technically, this should improve signal throughput and stability while reducing latency. What get even closer to the performance of a good old Ethernet cable, even if this wireless technology will never really be able to compete because of its mode of operation. Remember that Wi-Fi is what is called a half-duplex; data can only travel one way at a time, unlike an RJ45 cable where data can travel both ways.

In addition, you will have to be patient to benefit from these leading performances. Because it’s one thing to refine this technology, it’s quite another to integrate it into consumer equipment. And to get to that stage, it will probably take two to three years. “We expect it to hit major markets in 2025,” McLaughlin said.

Nothing surprising, knowing that there is often a considerable gap between these two stages. For example, MacRumors recalls that Apple is currently working on converting its range to Wi-Fi 6E; this technology should land on the iPhone 14, which is expected this fall.

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