Intel’s 14th-gen ‘Raptor Lake Refresh’ Processors Offer up to 6GHz Clock Speeds, Wi-Fi 7, AI-guided Overclocking, and More

  • Intel’s 14th-gen desktop processors offer up to 24 cores, 32 threads, and up to 6GHz peak clock speed.
  • The new Intel 14th-gen “Raptor Lake Refresh” processors offer enhanced gaming performance, AI-guided overclocking support, and advanced connectivity features like Wi-Fi 7, Thunderbolt 4, and 5.
  • The processors are backward compatible with 600/700 series motherboards and will be available in retail and via OEM partners from starting October 17, 2023, starting at $294.

Intel has launched its latest 14th-generation desktop processors, with the portfolio headlined by the Core i9-14900K – the first mass-produced processor with up to 6GHz clock speed out of the box. Like the 13th-generation Raptor Lake, the new “Raptor Lake Refresh” is made on an Intel 7 (10nm) process node, using the same die, with differences coming in the core count, higher clock speeds, advanced connectivity options and AI assist feature among others.

There are six new desktop processors in the family, including the Core i9-14900K/KF, the Core i7-14700K/KF, and the Core i5-14600K/KF. The K models come with an integrated GPU, while the KF models do not feature any integrated GPU and are slightly more affordable. Available starting October 17, these processors maintain the same pricing as last year’s processors.

Talking about Intel’s 14th-gen desktop processors, Counterpoint Research Senior Analyst William Li, who tracks the PC market said, “Intel’s new desktop CPU solutions could boost not only hardware capabilities to deal with incremental computing power requirements but also improve user experience with Intel Application Optimization (APO) technology. Although this time the Core 14th-gen desktop processors do not have huge upgrades as on laptop platforms, gamers and creators can still enjoy better computing performance without compromising user workflow with Intel’s solid achievement on overclocking. We believe that the global PC market has bottomed out in H2 2023 and will likely see a significant rebound in the next year largely due to the Windows 11 replacement cycle and Artificial Intelligence (AI) PC momentum.”

Intel 14th-gen ‘Raptor Lake Refresh’ Processors: Specifications

 Aimed at gamers and creators, the Intel Core i9-14900K/KF offers clock speeds of up to 6GHz. The processor has a 24-core CPU, including eight Performance (P) cores with a max Turbo frequency of up to 5.6GHz and 16 Efficiency (E) cores with a max Turbo frequency of up to 4.4GHz, and has a total of 32 processor threads. It also includes a 36MB L3 cache and 32MB L2 cache.

Meanwhile, the Intel Core i7-14700K/KF has a 20-core CPU, with eight P-cores, with a max Turbo frequency of up to 5.5GHz, and 12 E-cores (up from eight cores in the previous gen), with a max Turbo clock speed of up to 4.3GHz and has a total of 28 threads. It also comes with a 33MB L3 cache and 28MB L2 cache.

counterpoint intel 14th gen raptor lake refresh specifications
Source: Intel

Lastly, the Intel Core i5-14600K has a 14-core CPU, with six P-cores having a max Turbo frequency of up to 5.3GHz, and eight E-cores having a max Turbo clock speed of up to 4.0GHz and, has a total of 20 threads. It also comes with a 24MB L3 cache and 20MB L2 cache.

All six processors in the Intel 14th-gen family offer a max memory speed of up to 5600MT/s (DDR5), and up to 3,200MT/s (DDR4). The K models also include Intel UHD Graphics 770, with dynamic frequency between 1,650MHz to 1,550MHz, depending on the model.

In terms of backward compatibility, all the new processors will work with Intel’s 600- and 700-series motherboards that use LGA 1700 sockets, thus enabling easier upgrades for users.

AI Overclocking, Connectivity Enhancements, and more

One of the standout features of the latest 14th-gen processors is the new AI Assist feature in the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU). It provides users with one-click AI-guided overclocking on select unlocked desktop processors. As users receive step-by-step instructions, even someone without experience can easily overclock the processors. It signifies Intel’s commitment to delivering top-tier performance for desktop enthusiasts.

There are also new gaming-focused features like Intel Application Optimization (APO) that enhance application threading to optimize speed and frame rate for smooth and consistent gaming performance. It is enabled by default, but users can also disable it, or enable it only for certain games. Intel also mentioned that the APO is only for games and does not work with benchmarks. Then there is also the Intel Thread Director which optimizes application thread scheduling.

counterpoint intel 14th gen raptor lake refresh connectivity
Source: Intel

But that’s not all – currently, most people work in a hybrid environment, and mostly via calls on different platforms. The AI Boost feature allows users to make video calls keeping them in focus while blurring distractions from the background. The AI can also reduce ambient background noise, focusing on the user’s voice to offer crisp and clear sound on calls.

Counterpoint Research Senior Analyst Akshara Bassi, who tracks HPCs, Cloud, and Server market said, “Intel has introduced AI features for its Extreme Tuning Facility (XTU) that help in AI-assisted overclocking for the 14th-gen processors (limited SKUs) and through the Application Optimization Program, it has introduced automatic thread performance while gaming.”

Connectivity is another area where the new desktop processors shine, with integrated support for Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.3, as well as discrete support for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4. The new processors also include support for Thunderbolt 4 and the upcoming Thunderbolt 5 wired connectivity, offering up to 80 Gbps of bi-directional bandwidth.

“From a technical perspective, the Intel Core-i9 14900K is the first chip in volume to hit 6Ghz, with support for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4,” Bassi added.

In terms of pricing, the premium Core i9-14900K will be available for $564, the Core i7-1700K for $384, and the Core i5-14600K will start at $294.

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White Paper: Growing 5G+Wi-Fi RF Complexity Demands Innovative, Advanced & Tightly Integrated RFFE Solutions

Growing 5G+Wi-Fi RF Complexity Demands Innovative, Advanced & Tightly Integrated RFFE Solutions


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The rising adoption of advanced multimode cellular (5G, 4G) and wireless (Wi-Fi 6/6E/7) delivers powerful benefits while also driving significant RF complexity in smart connected devices. 5G and Wi-Fi 7 integration has multiple challenges that need cutting-edge RF design, components and end-to-end optimization. There are multiple players in the RF Front-End (RFFE) ecosystem, but most are specialists in only one or a few areas.

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Netgear Q1 2023: Revenue Stutters as Inventory Correction Set to Spill Into Q2

  • Netgear’s Q1 2023 revenue declined 27.4% YoY to $180.9 million.
  • SMB segment revenue declined 2.6%, the first drop in eight quarters.
  • Connected home product (CHP) segment revenue declined by over 27% YoY.
  • Netgear expects the Q1 2023 revenues to be in the range of $150-$165 million.

Netgear’s revenue declined 27.4% YoY in Q1 2023 to $180.9 million, which was below the guided level mainly due to inventory corrections in the consumer and SMB segments. These corrections are expected to continue in Q2 2023, thus requiring lower production for Netgear. However, gross margins improved in Q1 on the good performance of premium products such as Orbi mesh gateways, 5G mobile hotspots, and Pro AV switches. Supply chain issues have improved for most of the product lines which helped reduce the use of air freight, thereby helping gross margins.

SMB declines for the first time in eight quarters

  • The SMB segment ended Q1 2022 at $78.2 million, a decline of 3% YoY from Q1 2022. The revenue drop was mainly caused by inventory corrections at Netgear’s largest e-commerce account.
  • Pro AV switches, a major revenue driver in the SMB business line, grew more than 50% YoY in Q1 2023.
  • The broadcasting and studio industry is transitioning from analog to high-resolution digital over IP solutions, which is fueling demand for IP switches and creating a market opportunity for Netgear.
  • Netgear has partnered with over 200 manufacturers to increase and stabilise its supply of Pro AV switches. It is focused on developing budget and high-speed ports such as 25 Gbps or above to cover future demand.
  • Netgear expects channel inventory to stabilise for SMB by the second half of the year. Revenue from SMB is expected to overtake the connected home product segment later this year, which will boost the company’s overall gross and operating margins.

Netgear Revenue by Region Q1 2019-Q1 2023, Counterpoint Research

Connected home segment transition to premium continues

  • The connected home segment contracted by 21% in Q1 2023, as channel inventories were reduced sharply for major products among key service provider accounts.
  • The macroeconomic headwinds and declining demand hit the retail consumer networking market, resulting in poor sales in the low- and mid-price segments.
  • Channel partners are expected to further reduce inventory levels, which is leading to production cuts at several of Netgear’s manufacturing partners.
  • However, the Orbi premium mesh Wi-Fi access points continue to beat expectations along with 5G mobile hotspots, resulting in higher shipments.
  • Netgear remains committed to delivering the latest technology for consumers. It has launched a Wi-Fi 7-based router with a maximum download speed of 19,000 Mbps across three bands.

Service provider revenue declines by a quarter

  • Service provider revenues declined to $14 million as customers focused on burning inventory rather than restocking.
  • To offset this decline, Netgear pushed the unlocked version of M6 5G mobile hotspots in various countries across Europe. Netgear plans to offer it in the US in Q2.
  • 5G mobile hotspots have been performing well for Netgear in the past couple of quarters, showing a sharp YoY growth. The higher ASP of these products has helped Netgear improve its margin coupled with better performance and reliability.

Netgear Revenue by Region Q1 2019-Q1 2023, Counterpoint Research

Shipments decline by 25% YoY, COVID hits APAC revenues

  • Netgear shipped around 1.8 million units of wired and wireless networking devices, compared to 2.4 million in the same period last year.
  • It shipped around 485,000 units of all types of routers and gateways. Wired devices overtook wireless devices for the first time, driving the revenues with a 56% share.
  • Revenue from Europe grew 6% while that from the Americas declined 16%. The APAC region performed poorly, declining 32% mainly due to the COVID-19 surge in China in the early part of Q1 2023, resulting in a slowdown in China, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

Losses continue, but improvements visible

  • Even though the gross margin improved and exceeded 30%, the lower top line weighed on the overall financials, meaning the operating margins remained negative but were improving.
  • The supply chain improved a lot in Q1 2023 for most products, reducing the reliance on costly air freight.
  • Netgear is committed to improving margins by offering more premium products and aligning the marketing spends accordingly.

Netgear Paid Subscribers Q1 2021-Q1 2023, Counterpoint Research

Strong growth in paid subscribers

  • Netgear concluded Q1 2023 with 775,000 paid subscribers, a 23% increase over Q1 2022. Software subscription services such as Pro Support, Armour, and smart parental controls have done well in terms of increasing service revenue.
  • Netgear’s services revenue increased by 7.9% YoY in Q1 to $9.6 million.

Inventory correction to continue in Q2 2023

  • Netgear expects strong demand for its SMB products, especially Pro AV switches, and premium consumer products such as Orbi 8 and 9 mesh gateways and 5G mobile routers in the coming quarters.
  • However, it is expected that its channel partners will continue to focus on inventory reduction in a similar manner as in the first quarter, which will result in an expected revenue of $150-$165 million.
  • In the third quarter, Netgear will debut a Wi-Fi 7 Orbi mesh device to benefit from the technological tipping point. It anticipates that consumers will begin upgrading to Wi-Fi 7 later this year.
  • Netgear has set a target of 875,000 paid subscribers by the end of this year and expects the revenue from services to grow strongly. It aims to onboard around 2 million subscribers in the next couple of years.
  • Cybersecurity across home networks has been a rising concern, but there is a lack of consumer awareness of the threat for regular internet users. Netgear is looking to launch awareness campaigns around home network security and push its Netgear Armor service.

Key takeaways

  • Netgear has been working on creating a premium brand experience through its direct channels such as It has also introduced concierge services for its current and prospective customers.
  • Netgear has invested significantly in highly targeted performance marketing to communicate with premium customers through various channels. Such customers usually opt in more for subscription services compared to non-premium consumers, thereby creating additional recurring revenue for Netgear.
  • Cybersecurity is an opportunity that Netgear can address with its Armor service. It will also aim to raise awareness of both the problem and its solutions.
  • 5G networks are being rolled out at a fast pace in the US and more developed European countries, which is likely to drive increased demand for 5G mobile hotspots as they compete with public Wi-Fi hotspots that are plagued with poor online security.
  • Fixed broadband services have slowed in the past couple of quarters in the US, but fixed wireless access (FWA) has been on the rise. It offers a good alternative to wired services in some situations. We have seen many traditional Wi-Fi networking companies offering 5G FWA devices. Netgear can also tap this market.
  • Due to the COVID-19 upgrade gap, enterprises are expected to upgrade to Wi-Fi 7, skipping Wi-Fi 6/6E. However, because of the macroeconomic difficulties, this upgrade cycle is not expected to become a significant driver until 2024.

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Netgear in Q4 2022: Orbi, SMB Units Offset Consumer, Supply Chain Weakness

  • Netgear’s Q4 2022 revenue was almost flat at $249.1 million.
  • Netgear’s SMB segment ended Q4 2022 with record revenue of $100.1 million.
  • The Consumer and Home Products segment’s revenue declined 14% YoY.
  • Netgear expects the Q1 2023 revenues to be in the range of $185-$200 million.

Netgear’s Q4 2022 revenue was almost flat at $249.1 million, a marginal decline of 0.8% YoY. However, it was at the high end of its guidance range on the back of a strong performance from its SMB segment, which exceeded $100 million for the first time. On the other hand, demand for consumer networking products, especially in the low- and mid-range, declined sharply, leading to a 14% YoY decline for Netgear’s Consumer and Home Products segment revenue. Supply issues were largely resolved in Q4, slightly reducing the reliance on costly air freight. The company continues to experience strong demand for its Orbi premium mesh Wi-Fi, 5G mobile hotspot and Pro AV switches.

SMB delivers record revenue

  • The SMB segment ended Q4 2022 with record revenue of $100.1 million, a 30% YoY growth from Q4 2021. Pro AV switches have grown by more than 60% in 2022 and have been a major contributor to the growth shown by the SMB business line.
  • There is a huge demand for AV over IP switches in the market as more enterprises look to upgrade to a digitally advanced AV network.
  • Netgear has focused on developing managed ethernet switches for the commercial AV industry and has looked to strengthen partnerships with AV OEMs and integrators.
  • A lot of enterprises are now returning to the office. Many offices still have Wi-Fi 5 or older technologies. Consequently, there’s a strong demand to upgrade to the latest Wi-Fi 6/6E technology.

Netgear Revenue by Segment Q1 2019-Q4 2022, Counterpoint Research

Connected Home segment sees weak demand

  • The consumer home segment contracted by more than 20% in 2022 with especially weak demand in the low- and mid-range segments of consumer networking devices. Netgear is a leader in the US retail consumer networking market, so faced the brunt of demand contraction.
  • The segment revenue ended at $149 million, declining by 14% YoY. Netgear and its channel partners are working to reduce channel inventory to align with the lower market size.
  • A bright spot has been the Orbi line-up of premium mesh routers, which continues to perform well in contrast to the general trend of consumer networking. Orbi has become a strong sub-brand and Netgear can be confident about its premium market focus.

Service Provider revenue grew by 86% YoY

  • The demand for 5G mobile hotspots remained high and helped the service provider segment’s revenue recover to $57 million, near pre-pandemic levels.
  • Netgear’s M6 and M6 Pro 5G mobile hotspots are Sub-6 and mmWave enabled routers that have experienced interest and demand from telecom operators across the world.

Netgear Revenue by Region Q1 2019-Q4 2022, Counterpoint Research

Shipments decline by 19% YoY

  • Netgear shipped around 2.2 million units of wired and wireless networking devices. It shipped around 647,000 units of all types of routers and gateways. Wireless remains the dominant segment, driving the revenues with a 57% share.
  • Regionally, Americas’ performance remained similar to Q4 2021. EMEA grew by 5.4% and APAC declined by 10.8% mostly due to currency fluctuations across multiple markets on the dollar’s strength.

Operating margins remain under pressure

  • The supply chain improved in Q4, slightly helping reduce the reliance on air freight. However, as Netgear looked to fulfill orders on time, especially for SMB, it still relied on air transport, straining margins.
  • Netgear is focusing on higher-margin products such as Orbi premium mesh Wi-Fi, 5G mobile hotspots and Pro AV systems, which should help margins in the coming quarters.
  • However, it may need to rely on air transport until all backorders are cleared, so a recovery to profitability remains in doubt.

Netgear Total Subscribers Q1 2019-Q4 2022, Counterpoint Research

Strong growth recorded in paid subscribers

  • Netgear ended 2022 with 747,000 subscribers for its paid services, an increase of 28% from the same period in 2021. It is offering a one-year trial for Netgear Armor in select channels to increase the adoption of its paid services.
  • Services revenue was up by 23.9% annually in Q4 to reach $8.9 million, indicating that Netgear has been experiencing decent demand for its service subscriptions. Overall, it crossed 22.8 million users with 16.2 million app users.

Netgear to experience sluggish demand in H1 2023

  • Netgear expects the Q1 2023 revenues to be in the range of $185-$200 million as it looks to reduce orders for low- and mid-range against the backdrop of excess inventory. It also expects revenues from Service Provider customers to come down to around $25 million in Q1 2023.
  • Netgear is looking to strengthen its position in the premium consumer segment in 2023 with new technology launches, especially Wi-Fi 7.
  • It also expects to add more than a million paid subscribers to its subscription services which have been gaining traction. It has more than 10 million users worldwide who use Netgear’s app to control devices. This is a potential audience Netgear is looking to tap into in the future.
  • The margins are expected to improve slightly in H1 2023. However, the situation is expected to improve considerably in H2 2022 with the supply chain becoming smoother and the consumer segment seeing stronger demand, especially for new technologies.
  • Select channel marketing and consumer-oriented performance marketing campaigns will be pushed to drive the premium consumer segment. 

Key Takeaways

  • Netgear has successfully demonstrated the need for premium networking products in the consumer segment. The number of connected devices in households has increased substantially and consumers are more aware about the networking backbone they are using. This should translate into a good demand for such products.
  • As 5G grows worldwide and in the US, the demand for portable mobile hotspots is expected to remain steady as they become more powerful and provide better battery backup.
  • The majority of consumer networking devices are now being supplied by service providers. Netgear can tap into partnerships with these service providers to scale its low- and mid-range consumer products.
  • With Wi-Fi 7 emerging and competitors launching Wi-Fi 7-enabled products earlier than expected, Netgear must expedite its product introductions in the critical premium segment.
  • Netgear will look to introduce more enterprise-specific products in the future as it sees success for its Pro AV and managed access points line-up. Netgear’s services revenue is expected to jump twofold this year as it taps more users.

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Top 10 IoT Announcements at CES 2023

At the first full-fledged CES event after the pandemic, the excitement was palpable. The event did not disappoint in terms of the variety of announcements across the internet of things (IoT) spectrum. Our teams, both on-ground and online, tracked over 260 announcements made by over 240 companies covering a range of segments across consumer, enterprise and industrial.

Devices formed the most popular category, with three out of every five announcements relating to this segment. As expected, the consumer and smart home sectors took center stage, but it was intriguing to see new launches in industry segments such as agriculture. Additionally, smart home,  metaverse, augmented reality, healthcare and robotics were among the most talked about segments, attracting large crowds.

CES IoT Trend Counterpoint

Here are the top 10 IoT announcements from this year’s CES, according to Counterpoint analysts:

1. Wi-Fi: MediaTek launches Genio 700, Wi-Fi 7 products

MediaTek introduced the Genio 700 IoT chipset targeting industrial, smart home and smart retail applications. This chipset will be available by Q2 2023. MediaTek also showcased Wi-Fi 7-supported products like gateways, mesh routers, televisions, streaming devices, smartphones, tablets and laptops partnering with TP-Link, Lenovo, Hisense, ASUS, BUFFALO INC, Skyworks, AMD, Qorvo, LitePoint and MAC MLO among others.

MediaTek is slowly diversifying its offerings beyond smartphones. The availability of products with superior capabilities and increased partnerships will help MediaTek increase its footprint in the IoT market.

MediaTek launches Genio 700, Wi-Fi 7 products Counterpoint

2. Smart Home: TP-Link expands Tapo smart home products

TP-Link unveiled new products under its Tapo line of smart home devices. These new additions include cameras, a doorbell camera, a smart video door lock, robot vacuums and a smart hub home connection center. Besides, the company also launched its first Matter-certified smart plugs, smart switches, smart outlet extenders and smart bulbs. The launch of these products at CES 2023 highlights TP-Link’s focus on expanding and diversifying its offerings in the smart home market.

The company’s adoption of the Matter protocol for its Tapo and Kasa lines of smart home products shows its commitment to making smart home technology more accessible and user-friendly.

In addition to the smart home products, TP-Link also showcased Wi-Fi 7-supported router and gateway solutions for use in homes, enterprises and ISPs. The integration of Wi-Fi 7 will improve the gaming experience, as well as increase productivity in enterprise applications.

TP-Link expands Tapo smart home products Counterpoint

3. Asset Tracking: Pod introduces paper-thin tracker with SODAQ, Lufthansa

Pod Group, in partnership with SODAQ and Lufthansa Industry, has developed a paper-thin smart label tracking device that utilizes low-power cellular connectivity (LTE-M) for a battery life of up to six months. This sustainable, eco-friendly device uses alkaline batteries instead of lithium and has the potential to revolutionize the tracking and logistics industry by improving supply chain efficiency and reducing operational costs.

Similar efforts by SODAQ with Vodafone and Bayer utilizing NB-IoT technology have been observed, but the use of Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) may be more beneficial as it targets a wider range of telecommunications operators.

Pod introduces paper-thin tracker with SODAQ, Lufthansa Counterpoint

4. Sensor: Bosch showcases sensor technology

Bosch Group subsidiary Bosch Sensortec presented a variety of new sensors at CES 2023. These offerings include an AI-enabled smart sensor system, magnetometer, barometric pressure sensor, and an air quality sensor. These sensors demonstrate advancements in power efficiency, accuracy and compact size, and aim to enhance the user experience by tracking personal health and fitness, providing accurate data and prolonging battery life.

Bosch has been a leading manufacturer of micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) sensors since 1995 and has produced over 18 billion units to date. It is also investing in quantum sensors, which can provide measurements that are significantly more precise than current MEMS sensors and enable more accurate diagnosis of neurological diseases. Additionally, the company is developing angular rate sensors that use the nuclear magnetic resonance of noble gas atoms and are optically pumped. These could prove to be highly precise and stable for navigation applications. Bosch believes that sensors will play a key role in IoT and continues to make investments in this area.

Bosch showcases sensor technology Counterpoint

5. Modules: Quectel enables satellite connectivity, strengthens automotive module portfolio

Quectel is partnering with Skylo to integrate satellite connectivity into its 5G-ready BG95x/BG77x series of LPWA modules. This hybrid connectivity solution improves network coverage and makes it ideal for a variety of applications, such as trackers, wearables, smart cities and smart meters. Low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites are going to be a key for the non-terrestrial networks (NTN) coming up in 3GPP Rel17/18 in addition to the high-altitude platform system (HAPS).

Quectel also launched the AG59X series of automotive-grade 5G modules based on Qualcomm’s SA525M platform to support autonomous driving. The company has strong partnerships with Chinese automakers such as Li Auto, Nio and BYD, and this module will further strengthen its efforts to increase share in the automotive connectivity market.

Quectel enables satellite connectivity, strengthens automotive module portfolio Counterpoint

6. AR/VR: Thundercomm unveils XR2 VR HMD, 5100 AR glasses and smart vending machine

Thundercomm, a joint venture between Thundersoft and Qualcomm, unveiled a VR HMD solution based on the Snapdragon XR2 platform and AR glasses based on the Snapdragon W5 platform. These products will not only provide flagship experience but also offer low power consumption, higher resolution and more wear comfort. The AR/VR space is heating up with the increased participation from leading technology and smartphone players such as Meta, Apple, HTC and Google. However, an early entry can be beneficial for Thundercomm.

The newly launched smart vending machine will help increase operational efficiencies for retailers. Moreover, this solution will improve the shopping experience and further extend retailers’ reach. Thundercomm is expanding its product lines to capture maximum value from both the consumer and enterprise IoT markets.

Thundercomm unveils XR2 VR HMD, 5100 AR glasses and smart vending machine Counterpoint

7. Robotics & Drones: Autel Robotics showcases EVO Max 4T drone

Autel Robotics has unveiled a new drone, the EVO Max 4T, which is capable of a variety of applications such as autonomous navigation, semi-autonomous flight missions, firefighting, and inspections. It is equipped with three high-quality cameras, capable of capturing footage from a distance of 1.2 km. Autel has also released the Dragonfish NEST infrastructure, which supports automated eVTOL systems, and the EVO NEST infrastructure, which can operate in all weather conditions.

Drones and eVTOLs will see higher adoption in the future with better efficiency in power consumption, security improvements and better regulatory compliances. These innovations will help Autel increase its presence in the enterprise market and remain competitive with companies like DJI.

Autel Robotics showcases EVO Max 4T drone Counterpoint

8. Industrial IoT: ZVISION partners NVIDIA to improve industrial sensing

ZVISION, a provider of solid-state MEMS LiDAR solutions, is working with NVIDIA to use its robotics simulation platform Isaac Sim to develop advanced robot sensing capabilities and provide high-performance LiDAR solutions.

In Industry 4.0, robotics and simulation will play a key role. Its partnership with NVIDIA will allow ZVISION to expand its applications beyond vehicles, while also reducing costs and speeding up time-to-market for companies undergoing digital transformation. ZVISION offers both short- and long-range LiDAR options that can be tailored to various applications.

ZVISION partners NVIDIA to improve industrial sensing Counterpoint

9. Platform: Tuya pushes PaaS 2.0, Cube for digital transformation

Tuya officially launched PaaS 2.0 to develop personalized solutions to fulfill global customers’ demands for “product differentiation and independent control”. For private cloud customers, it also unveiled Cube, an enterprise-level IoT platform deployment solution.

PaaS 2.0 is a unique innovation that can assist customers in reducing R&D costs and increasing product competitiveness. Tuya is focusing on public and enterprise cloud applications which are dominated by big cloud players like Alibaba cloud and Tencent cloud.

Tuya pushes PaaS 2.0, Cube for digital transformation Counterpoint

10. Healthcare: OMRON launches blood pressure monitor with ECG

OMRON introduced a new upper-arm blood pressure monitor with built-in ECG capabilities. This device aims to facilitate the early detection of heart disease by combining blood pressure monitoring and ECG technology. Utilizing home-monitored data, healthcare professionals will be able to provide early treatment and detect Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) at an early stage.

The company also announced the expansion of its digital healthcare apps with new features, such as the Personal Heart Health Coach and the Care Team within the OMRON Connect app. These new features will utilize AI technology to analyze vital data and provide patients with personalized guidance and exercise advice. OMRON’s innovative solution, leveraging technologies like AI, ML and IoT, will help healthcare professionals to better understand patient data through analysis.

OMRON launches blood pressure monitor with ECG Counterpoint


CES 2023 has provided ample food for thought for industry executives. Each of the announcements made at the event has significant implications for the direction of the industry. For example, the satellite-related announcements made by chipset and module players could help IoT companies focus on new use cases. Additionally, with Wi-Fi 7 becoming mainstream and Matter-certified home products being rolled out, we can expect to see a significant uptick in demand for smart home products. These developments and more continue to shape the future of IoT and solidify the role technology plays in our daily lives. With more innovation, the possibilities are endless and we are excited to see how the industry will continue to evolve.

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Snapdragon Summit 2022 Day 2: Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 Augmented Reality platform, S5 and S3 Gen 2 Sound platforms announced

After announcing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform yesterday at Snapdragon Summit 2022, Qualcomm announced the augmented reality and audio platforms today. The chipmaker also teased Oryon CPU with a custom architecture for the Snapdragon Compute platform. Below is a summary of all Day 2 announcements from Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform for thin and light Augmented Reality glasses

The concept of augmented reality glasses in a thin, lightweight, and unobtrusive form factor has been around for a few years now, but there are a lot of challenges in bringing that technology to market. The challenges include having sufficient computational horsepower on the glasses while offboarding other processing to partner devices or the cloud and doing so at low power within a tight thermal envelope. It also means fast connectivity is needed. And doing this while keeping size and weight minimal and enabling ease of use. Qualcomm, with the purpose-built 4nm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform, is addressing many of these challenges. Qualcomm is not addressing the optics part, which will remain a challenge, but the AR2 is a big step in the right direction.

The multi-chip architecture of the Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform has three key elements:

  • First is an AR processor that manages sensing and tracking of the user and the environment, and also manages the critical task of feeding the visual pipeline.
  • Second is an AR co-processor, which takes care of the sensors, AI, and computer vision. The use of a processor and co-processor allows for overall smaller and lighter designs with fewer interconnects between sensors and the processing hubs.
  • The third chip is the FastConnect 7800 connectivity module which is the first to bring Wi-Fi 7 connectivity to AR, offering less than 2ms latency, and up to 5.8Gbps peak speeds, while consuming 40% less power.
counterpoint qualcomm snapdragon ar2 gen 1 specs
Source – Qualcomm

Single-chip AR solutions have a larger PCB and wires running all around the temples and the nose bridge. This is where Qualcomm’s latest solution with multiple chips will help reduce all the clutter and make way for a thinner form factor. The main processor PCB is now 40% smaller (10mm x 12mm), whereas the co-processor is also small (4.2mm x 6.2mm), both of which help in reducing 45% of wires around the frame.

counterpoint qualcomm snapdragon ar2 gen 1 distributed processing
Source – Qualcomm

Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 also focuses on “Distributed Processing”, which, as the name suggests, distributes the processing between the AR glasses and the host (smartphone, a PC, or cloud, or even a mix). It also consumes 50% less power at less than 1W, which is great compared to the Snapdragon XR2 platform.

Qualcomm also says that the Hexagon processor on the new platform offers a 2.5X jump in AI performance for different tasks such as image classification, object recognition, and hand tracking.

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Source – Qualcomm

But it is not just the hardware, Qualcomm is also helping developers build immersive AR content with the Snapdragon Spaces dev platform and SDK. The software tools include object recognition and tracking, positional tracking, hand tracking, plane detection, scene understanding, and much more. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform is Snapdragon Spaces ready, and OEMs such as HONOR, OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi, REDMAGIC, Pico, Nreal, and others are already working on bringing these immersive experiences to their devices.

Qualcomm S5 and S3 Gen 2 Sound platforms

Qualcomm unveiled its second-generation Bluetooth audio platforms, S5 Gen 2 and S3 Gen 2, with support for Snapdragon Sound technology. The new platforms are optimized to work with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, to deliver premium audio experiences. While the Qualcomm S5 Gen 2 is designed for TWS and over-the-ear headphones, S3 Gen 2 is designed for mainstream accessories such as speakers.

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Source – Qualcomm

Some key features include:  

  • Optimization for Bluetooth LE Audio with lossless audio support.
  • 48ms latency for lag-free gaming.
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head-tracking.
  • Enhanced ANC to solve issues such as wind noise, howling, and more.
  • Adaptive transparency mode with automatic speech detection.
  • AuraCast Broadcast Audio support allows users to share music with family and friends in a personal environment or a public setting.

Commercial devices powered by Qualcomm S5 and S3 Gen 2 platforms are expected in H2 2023.

Custom Oryon CPU, a competitor to Apple Silicon

Besides smartphones, Qualcomm has also been focusing on always-on, always-connected compute platforms. The platform includes features like built-in 5G connectivity and low-power, high-performance CPU to offer long-lasting battery life and powerful productivity in a single package. With the Nuvia acquisition, Qualcomm is taking a big leap to “shape the future of computing” with the next-generation custom Oryon CPU.

Presently, Qualcomm relies on ARM for the CPU core design, but with Oryon, it will own the hardware and software stack, and will no longer need to wait for ARM to release new designs. This means it can operate independently more like Intel, AMD, and even Apple. The Oryon CPU is designed for Windows on ARM but can be extended to mobile also. While Qualcomm did not offer any further details, we may have to wait for a year or more to see the custom CPU in action.

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Source – Qualcomm

The keynote also saw some announcements from Citibank and Adobe. Citibank announced that it will be transitioning 70% of its global users to Qualcomm-based computers, whereas Adobe said it will be bringing Creative Cloud applications to Snapdragon-based compute platforms in 2023.

Qualcomm also highlighted some of the recent AI advancements in Windows 11 around the mic and camera abilities. When on Teams and Zoom calls, the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) can offer noise-cancellation to focus on the user’s voice while reducing the ambient background noises. The AI camera can also blur the background and auto-track the user to keep them in the frame and in focus. These features can already be found in Microsoft Surface Pro 9 5G powered by Microsoft SQ 3 SoC, which is basically a customized Snapdragon 8CX Gen 3 chipset.

The existing Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 platform offers good performance for many of the tasks that users undertake on a daily basis, but it doesn’t have the power to perform heavy computational loads; it was notable that Qualcomm compared the performance of its solutions to Intel Core i5 class of processors rather than an Apple M1 or Core i7, for example – for this level of power, we expect that the new Oryon CPU will be needed. But for many users, the power it offers will be more than sufficient and the benefits offered in core use cases combined with long battery life and fanless designs will mean a step-change in the usability of PCs.

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Snapdragon Summit 2022 Day 1: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform with new AI experiences, real-time ray tracing, Wi-Fi 7 announced

Qualcomm unveiled the next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform at its annual Snapdragon Summit 2022 event on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui. The new and improved Qualcomm SoC aims to deliver smart and intelligent AI experiences across different domains – from performance to photography and connectivity. Below is our quick summary and analysis of Qualcomm’s Day 1 announcement.

AI takes centerstage with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

A big part of the keynote presentation focused on the new AI experiences that the mobile platform offers. It starts with the new Qualcomm AI Engine featuring the Hexagon Processor and the Sensing Hub. Previous iterations of application processors used different elements within the SoC to perform some AI computation, but the Hexagon Processor was the main AI driver. This could lead to a lack of processing capacity. With 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm is distributing AI processing capability throughout the SoC as well as making the Hexagon Processor more powerful and efficient. The net is substantial inference performance gains while improving power efficiency.

There are several firsts that Qualcomm is bringing to the Hexagon Processor –

  • A dedicated power delivery system.
  • The architecture features a new micro tile interfacing and a large tensor accelerator offering up to 4.35X performance improvement,
  • INT4 support on mobile with 60% per/watt performance improvements.

Qualcomm says the performance boost enables faster natural language processing, multiple language translations, and advanced AI-powered camera features. The new Integer 4 precision (INT4) will allow OEMs to shrink AI models while increasing AI inferencing speed by up to 90%.

Talking about the Sensing Hub, it now has 50% more memory and offers a 2X jump in AI performance. Together with a Dual AI processor, the Sensing Hub controls several AI functions that include:

  • Different sensors (ambient light, gyroscope, accelerometer, and more).
  • Voice/audio – like the wake word such as Alexa, Hey Google.
  • Connectivity – including Wi-Fi, GPS, and Mobile Data.
  • Always-sensing camera for gesture detection, face recognition, eye-detection, Iris Authentication, and more.

All this processing is happening on the device and is safeguarded with Snapdragon Secure. There are key features such as near-face detection to turn the screen on or off, depending on whether you are looking at it or not. When the sensor detects other persons in the vicinity, it will hide notifications, thus keeping your conversations and alerts secure. Lastly, there is also liveness detection for face authentication, which can tell the difference between a real face vs fake one, thus making your smartphone more secure. Qualcomm trusted execution environment does all the analysis before unlocking the device, and all camera data is protected within the environment.

5G AI processor, faster Wi-Fi 7 connectivity    

Qualcomm is bringing an advanced 5G platform with improvements across 5G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The new SoC is powered by a Snapdragon X70 5G modem-RF system along with a 5G AI processor. This AI processor optimizes critical network parameters in real-time, such as channel state feedback, antenna tuning, mmWave beamforming, latency, and more, all this while saving battery life. The chipset includes support for dual-SIM, dual-active 5G+5G/4G support. It can offer peak download speeds up to 10Gbps, and peak upload speeds up to 3.5Gbps.

The Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 connectivity system also brings Wi-Fi 7, first to the mobile platform, with 2X peak download speeds up to 5.8Gbps, and latency under 2ms. Lastly, there is also dual Bluetooth technology offering 2X connection range while consuming 50% less power.

Snapdragon Sight: AI photography to capture beautiful memories

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC is fine-tuned to support new image sensors and deliver advanced photography experiences. Qualcomm is working closely with Samsung to optimize the ISOCELL HP3 200MP image sensor for the Snapdragon platform. It will enable users to click photos with rich details, in full 200MP resolution, 50MP binned, and 12.5MP binned images in low light. But that’s not all, Qualcomm is also working with Sony to develop quad digital overlap HDR technology for video recording and bringing optimized support for the newer sensors. The 8 Gen 2 is also the first Snapdragon chipset to include AV1 codec and 8K HDR video playback support for up to 60fps.

The biggest highlight of Snapdragon Sight is the Cognitive ISP which brings real-time semantic segmentation for enhanced photography and videography experience. The AI story continues here too, where the neural network is contextually aware of faces, people, grass, trees, clothing, and accessories. It will apply AI photo editing in real time while capturing photos and videos. For instance, if you are wearing shades or glasses, it can detect them, and remove the reflection. The AI can boost the colors of the sky, flowers, and much more.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Key specifications

The new SoC is built by TSMC on its 4nm process node. Qualcomm says the new Kryo CPU is 35% faster and up to 40% more power efficient. It still comes with an eight-core tri-cluster CPU, but there is a slight change this time around. Instead of one-three-four, you now have a one-four-three configuration. Basically, Qualcomm has added an extra performance core and reduced one efficiency core.

In a nutshell, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 comes with:

  • One Cortex-X3 prime core clocked at 3.2GHz.
  • Two Cortex-A715 & two Cortex-A710 performance cores clocked at 2.8GHz (two microarchitectures to support 64-bit and legacy 32-bit apps).
  • Three Cortex-A510 efficiency cores clocked at 2.0GHz.

On the graphics side, with the new Adreno GPU Qualcomm claims to offer a 25% boost in performance and 45% better power efficiency. There is also support for Vulkan 1.3 with up to a 30% performance boost. The GPU also supports HDR Vivid (which is China’s HDR standard) for producing richer colors and image details. Lastly, there is also something new called OLED aging compensation which could help solve the screen burn-in issue, especially now that most of us spend more time on our devices consuming different types of content.

On the gaming side, Qualcomm has been improving the Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, and the latest addition is real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing. The company says this helps in delivering life-like reflections, lights, and illuminations when playing mobile games, thus elevating the overall experience. There is also a partnership with Unreal for mobile-optimized support to offer detailed, photorealistic human characters in games. Snapdragon Ray Tracing features will be available on smartphones from OEMs like vivo, HONOR, OPPO, ASUS, and others. Qualcomm has also partnered with game developers such as Tencent and NetEase Games among others to enable these features.

Snapdragon Sound with Spatial Audio and head tracking

The personal audio space is growing, and the popularity of TWS is on a rise as content consumption increases. With the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm is adding support for spatial audio with dynamic head-tracking to enable a premium and immersive surround-sound listening experience. You will now be able to stream music in 48kHz lossless format, even on the new Bluetooth LE standard. And for gamers, the latency has been reduced to around 48ms.

OEM partners & expected timeline

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform has secured design wins from several global OEMs, including ASUS, HONOR, Motorola, OnePlus, and OPPO. Even nubia and sub-brand REDMAGIC, Xiaomi and sub-brand Redmi, vivo sub-brand iQOO have committed to using the flagship Snapdragon chipset in their devices. During the Q4 earnings call, Qualcomm also confirmed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series will go all-in with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. Clearly, there’s a lot to look forward to, and the first commercial devices powered by the latest mobile platform are expected by the end of 2022.

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Broadcom Looks to Build on Wi-Fi 6/6E Momentum with End-to-End Wi-Fi 7 Solutions

COVID-19, work from home and study from home have accelerated the demand for Wi-Fi products at an unprecedented rate. According to Counterpoint Research’s latest estimates, Broadcom shipped more than 1.2 billion Wi-Fi chipsets in 2021 for the smart device and gateway segments.

Broadcom has been one of the key players leveraging their strong position in providing Wi-Fi chipset solutions to capitalize on this surge in demand. The company has been at the forefront with its vision and roadmap to deliver advanced Wi-Fi experiences. Wi-Fi 6/6E has been the major growth driver for Broadcom across both consumer and enterprise segments. Since the launch of its Wi-Fi 6 portfolio, Broadcom has shipped more than a billion Wi-Fi 6/6E chipsets globally. Riding on this success, Broadcom recently announced its complete portfolio of the next-generation Wi-Fi 7 chipsets.

The new Wi-Fi 7 standard unlocks newer capabilities that provide users a richer experience when they connect, learn, game, and consume content. This standard boosts capacities and throughputs to multi-gigabit levels even in congested scenarios. Wi-Fi 7 more than doubles the bandwidth compared to the current generation of Wi-Fi 6 solutions by leveraging two or more available spectrum bands and advanced modulation and transmission techniques. This drives next-generation applications such as UHD video streaming, low-latency AR/VR, cloud gaming and higher capacity hotspots even in constrained environments not possible earlier.

Broadcom’s Latest Wi-Fi 7 Solutions Driven by Key Foundational Capabilities

Broadcom Looks to Build on Wi-Fi 6/6E Momentum with End-to-End Wi-Fi 7 Solutions

  • 320 MHz channel: Wi-Fi 7 brings double the channel width compared to Wi-Fi 6/6E. Channel bandwidth determines the signal’s data rate. The higher the channel bandwidth, the faster the connection. On the 6 GHz Wi-Fi band, it can provide 3×320 MHz channels. 320 MHz effective channel can be created by combining two 160 MHz channels in the high bands. This, in turn, allows for improved user data speeds and capacity.
  • 4K-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation): QAM transmits data through symbols containing a specific number of bits. It is an advanced modulation technique for digital telecommunication. The higher the number, the more data is carried in each cycle. The new 4096-QAM can transmit 12 bits per symbol as compared to 10 bits of 1024-QAM, which results in the peak PHY data rate increasing by 20%.

Broadcom Looks to Build on Wi-Fi 6/6E Momentum with End-to-End Wi-Fi 7 Solutions

  • Multi-Link Operation (MLO) allows two bands (5 GHz and 6 GHz) to be combined to form a single connection. This allows APs and base stations to have multiple radio interfaces to transmit and receive data. In situations where the wireless traffic is non-uniformly distributed across the channels, MLO aids in improving the network reliability and capacity under tough conditions, while ensuring continued availability of bandwidth and speed to mission-critical and consumer applications.
  • Zero-Wait Dynamic Frequency Selection is a system that is designed to eliminate the wait time while connecting to another channel. Access points need to change their channel immediately when a radar signal is detected in the current DFS channel. When transferring to a fresh channel, the access point must hear to the medium for a minute before it is allowed to transmit a beacon to be certain that no radar is presently being operated on the same channel. This allows the transition to a newer channel with negligible interruption.
  • Native Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) is an open-source framework system for broadcasters that pertains to (6 GHz) indoor/outdoor applications. AFC improves the range and lowers the latency while transmitting at higher power. AFC in the background allows the device to validate with a registered database in real time, calculate the channel and spectrum availability, and allot the available frequency while the existing services are shielded and safe from interference. This helps improve Wi-Fi range and link speed. It automatically boosts coverage even in the 6-GHz transmit range for both indoor and outdoor environments and makes use of the best available spectrum.

Broadcom Looks to Build on Wi-Fi 6/6E Momentum with End-to-End Wi-Fi 7 Solutions

Applications and Use Cases

AR/VR and Gaming: Broadcom aims to drive immersive Metaverse (AR/VR) applications across home and enterprise with its Wi-Fi 7 portfolio. Higher throughputs and reliable connectivity are critical to power the immersive experiences in AR/VR, whereas lower latency is key for cloud gaming experiences where it is incredibly important for gamers to have a lag-free, responsive, and accuracy-driven gameplay.

Telemedicine: Doctors can monitor and collect data on patients with the help of sensors from the patient monitoring machines in real time to get instant insight and make quick decisions in these types of mission-critical situations. The high-throughput and low-latency promise can also power remote or robotic surgeries with higher precision and high-definition remote diagnosis or surgery assists.

Multi-room Video/Audio Distribution is another use case that enables users to connect to multiple devices and provides a seamless way to efficiently stream/share the latest 4K movies and stream high-resolution music to multiple devices throughout the home without the hassle of wires/cables hanging everywhere.

Similarly, there are multiple applications possible where high throughputs, low latency and high capacities are required.

Key Takeaways

  • With the Wi-Fi 7 standard coming to the market, Wi-Fi connectivity will be the powerhouse for digital growth across various industries and applications.
  • Main focuses on reliability and performance in congested networks are vital value propositions that Broadcom is trying to address with its new Wi-Fi portfolio.
  • Latest services such as the Metaverse, cloud gaming, 4K/8K video streaming and enhanced mesh networking can use Wi-Fi 7 to its fullest potential. Smartphones and AR/VR will be the primary driving force for Wi-Fi 7 adoption.
  • Low latency, high speeds and high reliability from Wi-Fi 7 can power the growing demands of the industrial, retail and enterprise segments.
  • Broadcom’s chipsets which are being sampled right now will make their way into the products in the second half of 2022.
  • Key Broadcom customers which should adopt Wi-Fi 7 solutions starting this year include Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, IBM, Linksys, Tenda, Cisco, and others.

However, the competition remains strong as Qualcomm continues to expand its Wi-Fi 7 portfolio across multiple devices and infrastructure which will drive Wi-Fi 7 adoption faster than we have seen for previous generations.

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Qualcomm FastConnect 7800: Introducing Wi-Fi 7 to Power Multi Gigabit, Low-Latency Metaverse & Computing Experiences

It took less than three years for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) one of the latest generation Wi-Fi technologies to go mainstream across smartphones, tablets, PCs, routers, and gateways. The pandemic has been a catalyst to drive even stronger demand for Wi-Fi 6 which saw rapid adoption despite chipset supply crunch being an inhibitor. Billions of devices across infrastructure and personal use are now Wi-Fi 6, whereas Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz) capable devices are also growing rapidly.

While Wi-Fi 6 is about to go mass-market in the near to mid-term, the industry is already warming up for the commercialization of Wi-Fi 7 solutions later this year. Wi-Fi 7 or IEEE 802.11be, enables an even higher throughput for wireless networks that use 5GHz and 6GHz frequency bands to maximize the overall capacity. It also decreases the latency and improves speeds for sophisticated scenarios such as XR, 8K streaming, gaming, Cloud computing, Virtual Work, intense bandwidth scenarios as well as mission critical and industrial applications.

Qualcomm Technologies, one of the leading end-to-end wireless connectivity solutions providers, recently announced and showcased the industry’s first Wi-Fi 7 system solution – FastConnect 7800. FastConnect 7800 aims to push the boundaries of wireless connectivity with advanced innovative features to match peak performance and complement the high-speed 5G cellular networks.

Wi-Fi 7 & Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 Solution: Unlocking the True Potential of Wireless Connectivity

Source: Qualcomm

Key Highlights

  • Qualcomm’s FastConnect 7800 is a system-level solution featuring 4-stream High Band Simultaneous (HBS) Multi-Link Operations (MLO), Dual Bluetooth (BT 5.3), advanced audio (Snapdragon Sound, LE Audio, aptX Lossless tech, Qualcomm TrueWireless) and a plethora of other new innovations. FastConnect 7800, which is built on the 14nm process node, allows Qualcomm to optimize the connectivity subsystem to deliver peak data speeds in excess of 5.8Gbps, and sub-2ms latencies with relatively better power efficiencies.
  • The FastConnect 7800 features triband support in terms of 6GHz, 5GHz, and 2.4GHz spectrum, thus maximizing the available channel bandwidth to boost capacity and coverage. The key Wi-Fi 7 feature is the 4096-QAM modulation in 320MHz channel bandwidth (single channel or 160MHz + 160MHz) of High Band Simultaneous Multi-Link Operation (MLO) with 5 and 6GHz connections which helps in achieving multi-gigabit performance and peak speeds of up to 5.8Gbps.

Wi-Fi 7 & Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 Solution: Unlocking the True Potential of Wireless Connectivity

Source: Qualcomm

  • When 6GHz is unavailable, using multiple links of 240MHz of 5GHz spectrum, the system can achieve up to 4.3Gbps throughputs. Simultaneous Multi-Link which makes use of 5GHz and 6GHz bands simultaneously frees the 2.4GHz spectrum that can be used for Bluetooth and IoT Devices, making spectrum management very efficient.
  • The FastConnect 7800 also features a Comprehensive Multi-Link which uses two Wi-Fi radios to create a single synchronized link between multiple bands. In doing so, Qualcomm can reduce the overall latency and boost the throughput.
  • Further, features such as Preamble-Puncturing allow the access point to transmit data on a “punctured” 80MHz or 160MHz channel in high-density or congested scenarios where the secondary 20 MHz channel is busy. The feature allows bonding of the non-contiguous available channels other than the busy secondary channel, thereby preventing the bandwidth from being halved and boosting capacity.
  • Meanwhile, the FastConnect 7800 also brings along Bluetooth 5.3 and advanced Dual Bluetooth features that are great additions for reliable, and consistent long-range connections. Enhanced handoff and continuity feature provides the users with a seamless switching experience when swapping devices. Smart antenna switching dynamically selects the best of the two links to reduce the interference or drop in audio quality.
  • Dual Bluetooth also enables broadcast and audio sharing features for audiophiles. Multi-stream audio support for True Wireless Earbuds (TWS) facilitates for an immersive audio experience. Qualcomm also indicates power savings of up to 30-50% for extended audio sessions, whether you are a globetrotter or an explorer. aptX Lossless, aptX Adaptive with advanced modulation & code optimizations promise to present the user with splendid voice quality, crystal clear audio clarity, and a redefined premium audio experience.
  • For gamers, FastConnect 7800 brings along a low latency gaming mode where speech is required to communicate with fellow players, and a reduction in latency enables the player to have an edge, which is essential for online multi-player gaming scenarios.

Key Takeaways:

  • Wi-Fi 7 should be able to build alongside 5G, which promises to provide a consistent premium experience of higher capacity, multi-Gigabit throughputs, and lower latencies required for applications such as Cloud Gaming, Extended Reality (XR), 4K video streaming, and uploads, among others.
  • Qualcomm’s FastConnect 7800 brings a complete system-level premium personal area network (PAN) connectivity experience for users to enjoy advanced use-cases in flagship devices by the end of 2022.
  • The key features in the FastConnect 7800 such as High Band Simultaneous Multi-Link Operation (MLO), Preamble-Puncturing, Comprehensive Multi-Link, Low-Latency gaming Mode, Intelligent Dual-Bluetooth are the foundation for unlocking the immersive experiences which warrant higher throughputs, capacity, and lower latency.
  • We would love to see what Qualcomm has in store for the infrastructure (retail routers, enterprise gateways) to drive Wi-Fi 7 penetration beyond endpoint devices this year.

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