MediaTek Filogic 880 & Filogic 380 WiFi 7 Chips announced to compete vs Qualcomm & Broadcom

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MediaTek is the last of the three big vendors to announce its range of WiFi 7 chips. Qualcomm announced its WiFi 7 Networking Pro series at the start of May, and Broadcomm has four WiFi 7 products within its ecosystem which were announced back in April.

While the development of WiFI 7 is ongoing and the final version isn’t expected until 2024, I’d expect we may start to see some consumer hardware in 2023. It is quite possible that the next generation of flagship mobile chipsets will be the first to feature WiFi 7, but this could be an over-optimistic guess.

Penta-Band Mesh & MLO

Two of the interesting features of the brief included panta-band support and MLO.

Multi-Link Operation is one of the standout features of WiFi 7. This allows separate bands to be combined for increased throughput.

What was new to me was the pentaband support. With WiFi 5 you had triband with a single 5Ghz band used for the backhaul. Then WiFi 6E brought with it quadband, giving you the three separate bands on the client end and a dedicated 5Ghz band between access points.

Thanks to MLO, you can now have a fifth band allowing a 5Ghz and 6Ghz band for backhaul. This would maximise throughput while avoiding the range issues you’d face trying to use just 6Ghz as the backhaul.

With a 4×4 radio using MLO you’d have a theoretical 19Gbps fronthaul and 17Gbps on the backhaul.

MediaTek Filogic 880 Features

  • Support for key WiFi 7 technologies such as 4096-QAM, 320MHz, MRU and MLO
  • Flexibility to scale to pentaband 36Gbps speeds
  • Support up to 10Gbps in one channel
  • Support for OFDMA RU, MU-MIMO and MBSSID

In addition to its WiFi 7 capabilities, the Filogic 880 platform also provides a powerful host processor, which includes a quad-core Arm Cortex-A73 application processor and an advanced NPU. Key features include:

  • An advanced network off-load engine with support for up to 20Gbps data rates
  • A built-in networking crypto engine (EIP-197) for accelerating IPSec, SSL/TLS, DTLS (CAPWAP), SRTP and MACsec
  • Support for high-speed interfaces (5Gbps USB and 10Gbps PCI-Express), UART, SD, SPI, PWM, GPIO and OTP for rich platform customisation opportunities

MediaTek Filogic 380 Features

The Filogic 380 is a stand-alone, single-chip 6nm WiFi 7 and Bluetooth 5.3 combo solution designed to deliver best-in class connectivity. It is optimised for smartphones, TVs, notebooks, set-top boxes, OTT streaming devices and many other consumer electronics devices that are powered by MediaTek SoCs.

Key features of the Filogic 380 include:

  • Support for key WiFi 7 technologies such as 4096-QAM, 320MHz, MRU and MLO
  • Support for MLO offering up to 6.5Gbps speeds
  • Support up to 5Gbps in one channel
  • Support for 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz bands
  • Support for dual 2×2 radios for dual-band simultaneous operation
  • Latest Bluetooth 5.3 with LE Audio

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