Latest Qualcomm WiFi Chips Could Rival 5G Speeds, with One Catch
Qualcomm has a new family of WiFi chipsets that could increase the speed of wireless connectivity in laptops, phones, and more, as much as tenfold. The 802.11ay standard, which is different from the soon-to-be-rebranded WiFi 6 standard we recently detailed, operates in the 60GHz range, which would allow it to rival speeds realized by forthcoming 5G technology.
But there’s one major hitch in the plan to make this the new standard for in-home wireless internet connections. The 802.11ay standard operates on millimeter wave radio, which means that, yes, it’s really fast, but it’s also incredibly limited (for now) in its ability to penetrate through walls. That means you’d have a really difficult time trying to get this type of connection to offer reliable WiFi in a one-bedroom apartment, let alone an entire abode.
So, rather than us seeing 802.11ay launch in routers and the like, what we’ll instead see is this level of WiFi be made available in things like virtual reality headsets.