AMD and MediaTek together for future Wi-Fi 6E modules for Ryzen

AMD and MediaTek together for future Wi-Fi 6E modules for Ryzen

AMD has announced that MediaTek will ship Wi-Fi 6E modules in upcoming Ryzen CPU-based laptops and desktops. The first to arrive will be those of the AMD RZ600 series, based on the Filogic 330P chipset. In a press release, the companies say they have "developed and certified PCIe and USB interfaces for modern sleep states and power management" and that the company's optimization and testing process will help laptop and desktop manufacturers. to save time in product development.

Photo Credit: MediaTek There are two models in the series: RX616, which is faster (with a phy rate up to 2.6Gb / s), works with bandwidth up to 160 MHz and should support the 6GHz spectrum; and RZ608, which goes up to 1.2Gbps and is based on a bandwidth of 80MHz. The Fliogic 330P chipset supports Wi-Fi 6 and 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. The RZ616 fits into the M.2 2230 and M.2 1216 slots, while the RZ608 is meant exclusively for the M.2 2230. MediaTek claims that its power and low-noise amplification technology helps manage signals and allows for a small chip for "laptops of all sizes".

Wi-Fi Specs M.2 Slot AMD RZ616 Wi-Fi 6E module Wi-Fi 6E 2 × 2 M.2 2230 and 1216 160 MHz Wi-Fi Channels PHY rate up to 2.4 Gbps AMD RZ608 Wi-Fi 6E module Wi-Fi 6E 2 × 2 M.2 2230 80 MHz Wi-Fi Channels PHY rate up to 1.2 Gbps Collaboration with MediaTek reduces AMD's dependence on Intel, which manufactures its own Wi-Fi modules (and has also acquired Rivet Networks, which owns the Killer brand aimed at the wireless needs of gaming laptops). Reports on the pairing began in September 2020. In May, the CEO of Ayaneo, which is making a portable gaming device based on the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU, had already anticipated the integration of the RZ608, including details such as versions correct of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6E and M.2 2230 module size.

AnandTech later reported that the RZ608 is actually a renamed MediaTek MT7921K module with an AMD logo on it. The new chips are expected to debut in Ryzen-equipped notebooks and desktops in 2022.

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