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MediaTek claims to have given the world's first live demo of Wi-Fi 7, and said that the upcoming wireless technology will be able to challenge wired Ethernet for high-bandwidth applications, once available.

The fabless Taiwanese chip firm said it is currently showcasing two Wi-Fi 7 demos to key customers and industry collaborators, in order to demonstrate the technology's super-fast speeds and low latency transmission.

Based on the IEEE 802.11be standard, the draft version of which was published last year, Wi-Fi 7 is expected to provide speeds several times faster than Wi-Fi 6 kit, offering connections of at least 30Gbps and possibly up to 40Gbps.

MediaTek boasts that this will make wireless connections a viable alternative to wired networks such as Ethernet even in applications that call for very high throughput, and predicts it will be used as the backbone of home, office and industrial networks.

"The rollout of Wi-Fi 7 will mark the first time that Wi-Fi can be a true wireline/Ethernet replacement for super high-bandwidth applications," said Alan Hsu, corporate vice president and general manager of MediaTek's Intelligent Connectivity business.

MediaTek claims that its Wi-Fi 7 Filogic technology will be able to achieve the maximum speed defined by IEEE 802.11be, and said that its demonstration shows off the multi-link operation (MLO) technology in operation.

MLO aggregates multiple channels on different frequency bands, allowing connections using 2.4GHz, 5GHz or 6GHz radios simultaneously. This is expected to deliver greater reliability, allowing data to flow seamlessly even if there is interference or congestion on some of the bands.

According to Cisco, another Wi-Fi 7 capability called Restricted Target Wake Time will enable an access point to reserve bandwidth for latency sensitive traffic, which together with MLO will provide network admins with the flexibility to optimise operations via a managed use of network resources.

Wi-Fi 7 will deliver faster speeds than Wi-Fi 6, even with the same number of antennas, according to MediaTek. This is because Wi-Fi 7 doubles the channel bandwidth to 320MHz and supports 4K QAM technology. Products with Wi-Fi 7 are expected to start appearing on the market in 2023.

Meanwhile, organisations have already been investing heavily in Wi-Fi 6, as The Registerreported last year, as enterprises made Wi-Fi upgrades a priority in preparation for an expected return to the workplace by remote working employees. ®


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MediaTek claims to have given the world's first live demo of Wi-Fi 7, and said that the upcoming wireless technology will be able to challenge wired Ethernet for high-bandwidth applications, once available.

The fabless Taiwanese chip firm said it is currently showcasing two Wi-Fi 7 demos to key customers and industry collaborators, in order to demonstrate the technology's super-fast speeds and low latency transmission.

Based on the IEEE 802.11be standard, the draft version of which was published last year, Wi-Fi 7 is expected to provide speeds several times faster than Wi-Fi 6 kit, offering connections of at least 30Gbps and possibly up to 40Gbps.

MediaTek boasts that this will make wireless connections a viable alternative to wired networks such as Ethernet even in applications that call for very high throughput, and predicts it will be used as the backbone of home, office and industrial networks.

"The rollout of Wi-Fi 7 will mark the first time that Wi-Fi can be a true wireline/Ethernet replacement for super high-bandwidth applications," said Alan Hsu, corporate vice president and general manager of MediaTek's Intelligent Connectivity business.

MediaTek claims that its Wi-Fi 7 Filogic technology will be able to achieve the maximum speed defined by IEEE 802.11be, and said that its demonstration shows off the multi-link operation (MLO) technology in operation.

MLO aggregates multiple channels on different frequency bands, allowing connections using 2.4GHz, 5GHz or 6GHz radios simultaneously. This is expected to deliver greater reliability, allowing data to flow seamlessly even if there is interference or congestion on some of the bands.

According to Cisco, another Wi-Fi 7 capability called Restricted Target Wake Time will enable an access point to reserve bandwidth for latency sensitive traffic, which together with MLO will provide network admins with the flexibility to optimise operations via a managed use of network resources.

Wi-Fi 7 will deliver faster speeds than Wi-Fi 6, even with the same number of antennas, according to MediaTek. This is because Wi-Fi 7 doubles the channel bandwidth to 320MHz and supports 4K QAM technology. Products with Wi-Fi 7 are expected to start appearing on the market in 2023.

Meanwhile, organisations have already been investing heavily in Wi-Fi 6, as The Registerreported last year, as enterprises made Wi-Fi upgrades a priority in preparation for an expected return to the workplace by remote working employees. ®


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Production was initially slowed at factories around the world due to shelter-at-home orders as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Some facilities had to temporarily shut down after they were hit with natural disasters, such as fires and snowstorms. But between Q2 2020 and the end of 2021 fabs were operating at over 90 per cent capacity and still couldn't meet global demand.

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Baidu CTO Haifeng Wang describes AI as a "key driving force of innovation and development," thanks to rapidly evolving core technologies, cross-domain connectivity, and expanding applications.

It's no surprise that the list focuses on AI given Baidu's business domain. The Beijing-based company's search engine captures over 70 per cent of the Chinese market while also developing other products, particularly AI research and cloud computing. The research arm takes a deeper look at its associated technologies. Think Google but Chinese.

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A report by the newswire states Nvidia privately told its partners it does not expect the Arm transaction to close. The report also claims Arm's current owner SoftBank is pressing ahead with an IPO of Arm.

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"When [a file is] restricted, you may see a flag next to the filename, you won't be able to share it, and your file will no longer be publicly accessible, even to people who have the link," Google explained at the time.

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Corey De Rose walked free from Westminster Magistrates' Court after experts said long-standing mental health disorders and a history of self-harm and suicide attempts meant De Rose was likely to kill himself if extradited.

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A £1m marketing campaign aims to boost numbers by 4,000 or a third of the current workforce. Teachers, bricklayers, stay-at-home mums, and any individuals who can display reason and sound judgment could be considered, according to an MoJ media missive.

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