Qualcomm moves towards Wi-Fi 7
The processors responsible for those connections play a significant part in the new connectivity model, from connected cars to thermometers capable of communicating their readings over a wireless connection.
Thus, while we usually focus on Qualcomm when a new SoC is announced, other announcements, such as these new RFFE (Radio Frequency Front-End) modules, represent a very interesting advance, as they demonstrate the connectivity options with which we will be able to count the devices that choose to integrate it. When? These new modules are currently being evaluated, and commercial devices using the new technologies are scheduled to be available in the second half of 2022.
What benefits do these new Qualcomm chipsets provide? Remember that RFFE modules are used in conjunction with connectivity products and devices, whether they are Qualcomm solutions, such as Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 Wi-Fi 7/Bluetooth Systems and Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF Systems, or third-party WiFi and Bluetooth solutions, to complete the system required to deploy the connections.
Remember that RFFE modules, such as those shown today by Qualcomm, are in charge of controlling signals received from and delivered to the device's antennae. Because of its role, the signal is always modified and amplified as needed, which relieves the modem of that obligation.
Manufacturers who choose to integrate this Qualcomm proposal into their products will be able to offer cutting-edge connection, both with 5G and WiFi 7, which is still in development and whose debut, depending on who you ask, will take place in the second half of 2022 or throughout 2023. Thus, its incorporation into any item, but especially the most expensive (such as automobiles), ensures that its connectivity will be valid for an extended period of time.
“ With the new products from Qualcomm Technologies, we are extending our leadership in RFFE to automotive and IoT, helping OEMs address their huge industry-specific challenges such as development cost and scalability,” he said. Christian Block, Senior Vice President and General Manager, RFFE, Qualcomm Germany. “ OEMs using our solutions can design products with higher performance, longer battery life, and faster time to market, ultimately accelerating the pace of innovation. innovation and deliver better experiences to consumers .”