Wi-Fi 7 addresses the needs of people around the world, as they will quickly evolve over the next few years, as each gen builds on its predecessor. Wi-Fi ‘s key benefits, including consistent ultra-low latency and improved performance in dense environments, are expected to serve these developing usages: 8K A/V Streaming, AR/VR, Cloud gaming, interactive applications, Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, tele-diagnostics and telesurgery.
Intel will continue to bring market-leading connectivity solutions to consumers and businesses, as it has in all previous Wi-Fi generations. Intel plans to release Wi-Fi 7-certified products to the market, in alignment with the Wi-Fi Alliance certification schedule (2023–2024 time frame).
Available Wi-Fi releases vary by country. Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E are widely available across the globe. The Wi-Fi 6E release, which provides access to the 6 GHz spectrum, is rapidly gaining traction and has been adopted by dozens of countries, as of June 2022.1
Wi-Fi generations are based on features defined by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) as the 802.11 family of standards. Intel’s team of leading Wi-Fi experts have actively participated in the IEEE 802.11 working group for decades, serving in key roles such as technical editor to 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6/6E). The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) leads the industry’s interoperability testing, effectively certifying devices that have passed testing and defining which devices can obtain the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED certification mark. Intel’s Wi-Fi devices have been selected as part of the WFA industry-wide testbed, for every previous Wi-Fi gen. Intel is a sponsor member of WFA, and, as of 2022, Dr. Carlos Cordeiro of Intel is the elected WFA Board Chair.