At the moment, the most current standard for wireless network is Wifi 6 and 6E, formerly 802.11ax, which was completed in 2019 and then expanded to the frequency band 6 GHz in connection with the 6E update. Even higher speeds are waiting around the corner, however, when the new standard Wifi 7 was demonstrated for the first time by Mediatek, at the end of January.
Now Broadcom is also entering the game and presenting its range for Wifi 7, in the form of system circuits for routers. Broadcom does not have direct sales of products to consumers, but provides platforms that other companies can then use to design their products. What is presented are partly system circuits and partly different kinds of reference models that manufacturers can then build on or use as they are.
With Wifi 7, the focus is on bandwidth, among other things, and the standard is intended to deliver 2.4 times higher bandwidth compared to the predecessor’s theoretical maximum limit of 9.6 Gbps. This will be achieved by using both the 320 MHz channels and new support for 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). It also includes multi-link operation (MLO), which should combine multiple channels over multiple frequency bands simultaneously and reduce latency.
Support for all technologies is integrated into Broadcom’s reference models, along with support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections. However, Broadcom not only offers various options for manufacturers to achieve Wifi 7 promised bandwidth and breathtaking wired speeds, there are also a number of other, to say the least, interesting additions to work with.
One of them is RGB lighting, the exact purpose of which is somewhat unclear. It can be intended for purely practical purposes, such as being able to adjust colors to indicate the status of the router. Another possibility is that it is simply to be able to equip router models that are aimed at gamingthe segment with the absolute most important gaming– the accessory available – lighting in all the colors of the rainbow.
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