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MediaTek and AMD Partners on Wi-Fi 6E Chips

And we’ll see them on Next-Gen Ryzen PCs.

Taken from Tomshardware … MediaTek will be powering AMD’s Wi-Fi 6E modules for upcoming Ryzen-based laptops and desktops, the companies announced today. The first to come will be the AMD RZ600 series Wi-Fi 6E modules, which will be based on MediaTek’s Filogic 330P chipset.

In a press release, the companies claim that they have “developed and certified PCIe and USB interfaces for modern sleep states and power management,” and that the company’s own optimization and testing process will help laptop and desktop manufacturers save time in product development.

There are two models in the series, the RX616, which is faster (with a phy rate up to 2.6 Gbps) and works with 160 MHz WiFi, which should support 6GHz spectrum; and the RZ608, which goes up to 1.2 Gbps and relies on 80MHz bandwidth. The Fliogic 330P chipset supports Wi-Fi 6 and 6E as well as Bluetooth 5.2. The RZ616 will fit in M.2 2230 and very short M.2 1216 slots, while the RZ608 is meant solely for M.2 2230. MediaTek claims its power and low noise amplification technology helps manage power and allows for a small chip for “laptops of all sizes,” though I’ve never seen a laptop too small for a Wi-Fi card.

Teaming up with MediaTek reduces AMD’s reliance on Intel, which makes its own Wi-Fi modules (and also acquired Rivet Networks, which owns the Killer brand aimed at gaming laptops’ wireless needs). Reports of the pairing started way back in September 2020.

Read the rest at Tomshardware


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