Computex 2022 | MediaTek announces Filogic 380 and Filogic 880 Wi-Fi 7 platforms, feels Wi-Fi 7 can truly replace wired Ethernet
MediaTek first held a tech demo of Wi-Fi 7 back in January this year but did not delve much into the specifics. This was soon followed by Qualcomm showing off its FastConnect 7800 solution for clients at MWC 2022 and the Networking Pro series platforms for routers, gateways, and access points.
Now, MediaTek is demonstrating Filogic Wi-Fi 7 hardware at Computex 2022. The company will soon bring to market two Filogic Wi-Fi 7 chipsets: the Filogic 380 and the Filogic 880.
The Filogic 380 is a standalone 6 nm Wi-Fi 7 chipset with Bluetooth 5.3 geared towards client appliances including smart TVs, smartphones, laptops, set-top boxes, and other MediaTek-powered devices. According to MediaTek, the Filogic 380 features:
- Support for key Wi-Fi 7 technologies such as 4096-QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), 320 MHz channel, MRU (multi-user resource), and MLO (multi-link operation)
- Support for MLO offering up to 6.5 Gbps speeds
- Support up to 5 Gbps in one channel
- Support for 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands
- Support for dual 2x2 radios for dual-band simultaneous operation
- Latest Bluetooth 5.3 with LE Audio
The 6 nm Filogic 880, on the other hand, is complete access point solution with its own 1.8 GHz quad-core Cortex-A73 host processor and network processing unit (NPU). MediaTek is aiming this platform at routers, gateways, and enterprise markets. The Filogic 880 can scale up to penta-band 4x4 36 Gbps and is designed to work in tandem with a MediaTek client platform such as the Filogic 380 for streamlined design and performance optimization.
Features of the Filogic 880 platform include:
- Support for key Wi-Fi 7 technologies such as 4096-QAM, 320MHz channel, MRU, and MLO
- Flexibility to scale to penta-band 36 Gbps speeds
- Support up to 10 Gbps in one channel
- Support for OFDMA RU, MU-MIMO, and MBSSID
- An advanced hardware network full off-load engine on both Wi-Fi and Ethernet interface
- A built-in networking crypto engine (EIP-197) for accelerating IPSec, SSL/TLS, DTLS (CAPWAP), SRTP and MACsec
- Support for high-speed interfaces (5 Gbps USB and 10 Gbps PCI-Express), UART, SD, SPI, PWM, GPIO and OTP for rich platform customization opportunities
MediaTek feels that Wi-Fi 7 will be a true replacement for wired Ethernet and that it has the potential to enable scenarios such as multi-player AR/VR experiences, cloud gaming, 4K video calls, 8K streaming, and more. The company is demonstrating the Filogic Wi-Fi 7 platform for both access point and clients at the ongoing Computex 2022 trade show.
MediaTek Press Release