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Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Today the official Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the term Wi-Fi 6E as a differentiator from the original Wi-Fi 6. With Wi-Fi 6E, users will know that a device will have access to 6Ghz wi-fi spectrum. Devices out right now with Wi-Fi 6 have access to 5Ghz operation. In the near future, some new devices will be capable of Wi-Fi 6 and beyond - into 6Ghz - so the Wi-Fi Alliance created a slightly more elite term, Wi-Fi 6E.

Wi-Fi 6E vs 6: What's the difference?

Wi-Fi 6E has access to all the benefits given to devices with the Wi-Fi 6 designation. Wi-Fi 6E ALSO has access to 6Ghz operation, or what the Wi-Fi Alliance defines as "an important portion of unlicensed spectrum that may soon by made available by regulators around the world."

Wi-Fi 5 was another name for the 802.11ac parameter, while Wi-Fi 6 is aka 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 5 had access to 5Ghz Frequency, while Wi-Fi 6 has access to 2.5 and 5Ghz frequency. The max data rate of Wi-Fi 5 is 3.5 Gb/s, and Wi-Fi 6 goes up to 9.6Gb/s. Wi-Fi 6E is the same as Wi-Fi 6, except that it ALSO has access to 6Ghz spectrum frequency.

This is sort of separate from 5G, but it compliments the near future of the internet data market. Once 5G gets rolling across the world, we'll see apps and networks that depend on 5G-speed data. To make sure Wi-Fi is ready to meed that demand, 6Ghz spectrum and all the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (and 6E) are defined by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Why should I care?

If you're reading this in early 2020, you probably don't need to care about Wi-Fi 6E at all. If the marketplace evolves at an immense speed, we might see 6Ghz released for use by governments around the world for use by everyday average citizens.

"6 GHz will help address the growing need for Wi-Fi spectrum capacity to ensure Wi-Fi users continue to receive the same great user experience with their devices," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi Alliance is introducing Wi-Fi 6E now to ensure the industry aligns on common terminology, allowing Wi-Fi users to identify devices that support 6 GHz operation as the spectrum becomes available."

The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get out ahead of the industry here with a term they can all use. If they were late on this particular point, we'd see a variety of terms used for Wi-Fi 6 (plus 6Ghz!) and so forth - and that's just messy.

Once 6GHz spectrum is made available by regulators, you'll likely see "Wi-Fi 6E" appear on promotions for new routers and smartphones in short order. The difference between Wi-Fi 6 devices and Wi-Fi 6E devices won't be massive right out the gate. Unless you depend on the absolute cutting-edge speeds and lack of latency and so forth, you can probably just choose Wi-Fi 6 devices if you have the choice between 6 and 6E, unless the prices between those two devices are quite similar.

The overarching story here has us all benefit from the opening up of 6Ghz spectrum because we'll all have more mobile data elbow room, so to speak - and faster data, and and lower latency.

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Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

It's been a big week for mobility, and if you've been wondering what will be powering your Galaxy S11, Pixel 5, or any number of other Android flagships in 2020, Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit 2019 probably held the answer. The week-long event kicked off with new chipsets for smartphones before hitting AR/VR and finally computing, with 5G and AI ever-present themes along the way. Read on for the big news you need to know.

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Snapdragon just revealed its modem play to make 5G phones more affordable

Snapdragon just revealed its modem play to make 5G phones more affordable

Qualcomm doesn't just have a new Snapdragon 765 for midrange smartphones in 2020, but a new 5G modem too, the Snapdragon X52. Announced alongside the new Snapdragon 765 and 765G chipsets at Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Summit, the new modem borrows the key features from the Snapdragon X55 5G modem.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 to push ubiquitous 5G in 2020

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 to push ubiquitous 5G in 2020

Arguably the biggest week in Qualcomm's calendar has arrived, with the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 promising new chipsets, speedier smartphones, and great lashings of 5G. The chip-maker has two new Snapdragon SoCs to announce, focusing not only on the high-end but mid-range devices too, and that makes the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765 unexpectedly interesting.

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Exynos 990, new 5G modem, 12GB RAM to debut on Samsung phones soon

Exynos 990, new 5G modem, 12GB RAM to debut on Samsung phones soon

As far as major announcements go, Samsung is practically done for the year. In a little over three months, however, it is expected to reveal its 2020 bet in the rat race that is the smartphone market. The Galaxy S11 has already leaked in bits and pieces but Samsung itself may already be providing the bread crumbs that paint the picture of a mighty Next Galaxy that may finally see a long-overdue upgrade in at least one aspect.

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Apple wants its 5G modems ready to go by 2022

Apple wants its 5G modems ready to go by 2022

Over the summer, Apple announced plans to buy up Intel's modem business. It was no secret that Intel was working on a 5G modem when it sold off this arm of its company, just like it was no secret why Apple was the one to purchase it. Immediately, it was clear that Apple wanted to make its own 5G modem for its mobile devices, and today we're hearing that those in-house modems might start appearing in iPhones as soon as 2022.

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Apple tipped in ‘advanced’ talks to buy Intel’s modem chip business

Apple tipped in ‘advanced’ talks to buy Intel’s modem chip business

Apple may be only days away from buying Intel's modem chip business, a new report claims, with the alleged talks taking place only months after Intel announced that it would start winding down its smartphone modem business. The talks are in an 'advanced' stage, at least according to sources that leaked the alleged plan. The deal would reportedly cover both the patents portfolio and staff, valuing it at $1 billion or more.

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Qualcomm just revealed the 5G chip to supercharge 2020

Qualcomm just revealed the 5G chip to supercharge 2020

Qualcomm isn't done with 5G at Mobile World Congress, and so alongside 5G phones and 5G foldables there's also its first Snapdragon Mobile Platform with 5G integrated. The new Snapdragon SoC will combine both an application processor and a 5G multimode modem into a single unit, complete with particular focus on power management.

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Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Next year, there will be a lot of talk about 5G coming from all players in the mobile market. Carriers and smartphone makers will race to be the first to offer 5G features while chip makers will flaunt their 5G-capable silicon. Amidst that frenzy, one key player will be relatively silent. Apple doesn’t seem to be hyping 5G plans for next but it isn’t because it doesn’t believe in the premise and promise of 5G. It’s just that it will be too busy making its own phone modem, 5G or otherwise.

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Apple just shoved its chip and 5G plans in Qualcomm’s face

Apple just shoved its chip and 5G plans in Qualcomm’s face

If you can't beat them, grab their talent. Apple is hunting for wireless chip and processor designers on Qualcomm's home turf, lending weight to the ongoing rumors that it plans to bring as much of its future chipset design in-house as possible, and potentially oust current partners like Intel from its iPhone and Mac ranges.

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Intel speeds up 5G modem plans – and the 2020 iPhone could benefit

Intel speeds up 5G modem plans – and the 2020 iPhone could benefit

Intel is pulling forward its most important 5G modem launch, dragging up the roadmap in a move that could have big implications for the new iPhone and more. The chip-maker has been in a race with Qualcomm to get a foot in the game with 5G, given the first networks supporting the next-generation standard are due to begin going live by the end of 2018.

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Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 reveals 5G for future Galaxy models

Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 reveals 5G for future Galaxy models

Samsung has revealed its first 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100, promising not only compatibility with the new next-generation networks under construction but backward support too. The new modem follows 5G chips from Qualcomm and Intel, all of which are angling to find their way into future smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other hardware.

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