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Intel accelerates Wi-Fi 6 adoption in new PCs, routers and gateways

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At Computex 2019, Intel showcased how it is working with the ecosystem to bring the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology to new PCs and home routers and gateways. Wi-Fi 6 delivers ultra-fast, reliable and responsive connections, even in environments with many devices connected simultaneously, which is important since it is estimated that each person in North America will have 13 or more connected devices by 2022.

Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) solutions

Not all Wi-Fi 6 is created equal. Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) solutions for PCs and home routers and gateways are Gig+ capable, meaning they use 160 MHz channel bandwidth to get true gigabit speeds. This enables best-in-class performance for browsing, working, gaming and streaming, with gigabit speeds that are two times faster than mainstream Wi-Fi 6 solutions and nearly three times faster versus standard 802.11 AC solutions. Intel's Wi-Fi 6 solutions for PCs and home infrastructure are also performance optimized with the user experience in mind.

New Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) routers and gateways powered by Intel technology

Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV600 Series is Gig+ capable and was the industry's first Wi-Fi 6 solution for dual-band 4-stream (2+2) routers and gateways, making it possible to start experiencing the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 in an affordable way. Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) routers and gateways powered by Intel's Wi-Fi 6 technology are designed to use 160MHz channel bandwidth to deliver true gigabit speeds on capable PCs, including today's PCs with integrated 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi and new PCs with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+).

The following companies are introducing new Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) routers and gateways powered by Intel technology in 2019:
- AVM will introduce the industry's first dual-band 2x2 stream DOCSIS 3.1 cable gateway with Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), offering an affordable way for cable operators to deploy Wi-Fi 6.
- Edimax will be the first to offer a "whitebox" dual-band 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 router to OEMs worldwide to help expand the global reach of Wi-Fi 6, and will also introduce the BR-6473AX, a dual-band 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) router.
- Elecom will deliver the WRC-X3000GS, which is expected to be one of the first dual-band 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) routers in Japan.
- Netgear recently introduced the Nighthawk AX4 router, the industry's first mainstream dual-band 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 router. It is Gig+ capable so that users can enjoy smoother streaming, faster downloads, and improved gaming and video conferencing.
- TP-Link will offer the Archer AX50, a new dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) router that will increase the speed and efficiency of the home network.

New PCs with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)

In 2019, more than 100 new PCs are expected with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) as a configuration option, including OEM systems based on:
- 8th Gen Intel Core vPro - Commercial laptops configured with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) solutions will be some of the first available in the marketplace to enable faster Wi-Fi 6
- 9th Gen Intel Core mobile processors with Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Gig+) offer almost three times faster throughput and up to 75% latency reduction to unleash a great gaming experience.
- New 10th Gen Intel Core processors, code name "Ice Lake," have integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) for incredibly fast and responsive connectivity on thin and light PCs.

Intel's innovation program, code name "Project Athena," is defining the next era of advanced laptops by driving new experiences. Advancements in connectivity, including Wi-Fi 6, will help make those experiences possible. On stage at Computex 2019, OEMs previewed upcoming designs based on 10th Gen Intel Core processors and co-engineered as part of the Project Athena innovation program, including Acer Swift 5, Dell XPS 13" 2 in 1, HP Envy 13 and Lenovo Yoga S940.

In addition, Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and MSI have announced new PCs with Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Gig+).

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