Qualcomm announces its latest RFFE module to bring 5G with Wi-Fi 7 to all kinds of next-gen devices
Qualcomm describes itself as a leader in the mobile RFFE (the modules that help a modem connect to other components such as antennae) market, as of 2021. Its products for this space are pitched at devices such as PCs, wearables, XR headsets and mobile broadband CPEs as well as smartphones. Now, the OEM claims that their latest iterations can add automotive and internet-of-things (IoT) systems to this list.
The new Qualcomm RFFE modules are also touted as "purpose-built" for Wi-Fi 7 as well as 6E this time around. In the case of devices such as next-gen smartphones (or possibly ultrabooks), they can apparently support concurrent 5G and Wi-Fi connections, which might make for a boost in data-transfer speeds and performance.
Qualcomm claims the modules are compatible with any newer third-party modems and other parts, although it would clearly prefer industrial clients use them with own-brand products such as the FastConnect 7800 and Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF systems.
Either way, the company asserts that the integration of one of its new RFFE solutions will reduce time to production while improving battery life and overall connectivity performance in upcoming devices.