Qualcomm FastConnect 7900 Debut: First AI-Fueled Wi-Fi 7 Platform With Bluetooth And UWB

Qualcomm FastConnect 7900 chip on a dark blue background.

For all of the advances which were made in wi-fi applied sciences, at occasions it nonetheless appears like we’re caught within the stone age of connectivity. Nonetheless, with the developments in cell, 5G and WiFi applied sciences, that is starting to alter. At Cellular World Congress, Qualcomm launched its FastConnect 7900 Cellular Connectivity system, which is an thrilling replace to the 7800 system it rolled out two years in the past. Whereas there are various similarities between the 2 options, there are some key variations that ought to go a great distance towards extra seamless wi-fi experiences in on a regular basis life.

On the time, Qualcomm’s 7800 system debuted as the primary and quickest business Wi-Fi 7 answer with speeds of as much as 5.8Gbps utilizing 320MHz channels within the 6GHz spectrum, and 240MHz channels within the 5GHz spectrum. It additionally mixed Bluetooth 5.3, Snapdragon Sound, LE Audio, and ANT+ right into a single 14-nanometer chip. In the event you haven’t already, take a look at our article on all the pieces that the 7800 delivered to the desk.
Qualcomm FastConnect 7900 infographic.

Qualcomm’s latest-generation FastConnect 7900 system provides all the identical options whereas constructing upon them in necessary methods, together with the inevitable infusion of AI-optimized efficiency—it’s the primary Wi-Fi 7 + Bluetooth (5.4 this time round) to leverage AI. Nonetheless, essentially the most notable improve is the addition of Extremely Wideband (UWB) know-how.

The addition of UWB is what drives the chipset’s complete proximity consciousness capabilities. In the event you’re not acquainted, UWB is a quick, short-range wi-fi protocol that operates via radio waves at excessive frequencies. You may already be utilizing it—Apple’s AirTags use UWB to nail down exact areas.

UWB is the principle improve versus the earlier era answer, although it’s additionally noteworthy that Qualcomm is utilizing a extra superior 6-nanometer manufacturing course of to optimize effectivity. Together with all-new RF front-end module (FEM) choices, Qualcomm is claiming as much as a 50% energy financial savings and 50% discount in bodily dimension, which implies longer battery life and probably slimmer gadgets.

“FastConnect 7900 is a technological feat, leveraging AI to lift the bar and ship main Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth capabilities whereas integrating Extremely Wideband all on a single 6nm chip,” stated Javier del Prado, vice chairman and basic supervisor for cell connectivity, Qualcomm Applied sciences, Inc. “Constructing on the legacy of our first-gen Wi-Fi 7 providing present in tens of millions of gadgets at present, FastConnect 7900 creates a brand new method to join. The system brings next-level capabilities throughout AI, proximity, and multi-device experiences into the gadgets we love most.”

It is a promising replace for certain, and one that ought to assist UWB grow to be a extra ubiquitous know-how in mainstream gadgets (UWB has been round for an extended whereas, however has primarily existed contained in the realm of only a handful of shopper devices like Apple’s AirTag and Samsung’s Buds Professional 2 earbuds).

Qualcomm says its FastConnect 7900 system will launch commercially within the second half of this 12 months, with new cell gadgets that sport the brand new WiFi-7 platform.