Qualcomm’s first Wi-Fi 6E chips are here


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Nov 10, 2017
Qualcomm is announcing its first chips with support for Wi-Fi 6E, the brand-new version of Wi-Fi that should be faster and more reliable thanks to its access to an expansive additional range of airwaves over which to broadcast.

Two sets of products are being announced today: one for phones, which should ship in the second half the year, and one for routers, which will start shipping immediately. The key feature of all these chips is support for Wi-Fi 6E, which takes advantage of the 6GHz spectrum that was newly opened up for Wi-Fi in the US by the Federal Communications Commission last month. It’s the largest expansion of Wi-Fi spectrum ever, which should result in some big performance gains.


Level 14
Oct 13, 2019
Time to throw out your Wifi 6 hardware! Wifi6E looks like all new hardware.

Qualcomm is doing a proprietary extension to add 4096QAM modulation (Wifi5 was 256QAM, Wifi 6 bumped that officially to 1024QAM), so at close range and in good signal environment you might see better performance between Qualcomm clients using these new chipsets.