By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7™
On the eve of CES 2024 the Wi-Fi Alliance has – as expected – launched its Wi-Fi 7 certification program promising big performance gains and support for a wide range of new use cases. Wi-Fi Alliance cites AR/VR/XR, immersive 3-D training, electronic gaming, hybrid work, industrial IoT, and automotive as applications likely to be powered by new Wi-Fi 7 connectivity.
Wi-Fi Alliance also says that companies including Broadcom, CommScope, Intel, MaxLinear, MediaTek, and Qualcomm form the test bed for Wi-Fi 7 certification and are among the first certified Wi-Fi 7 devices. Expect many Wi-Fi 7 devices to be launched at CES this week. For more on Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7™ also read here.
Morse Micro at CES: Matter over Wi-Fi HaLow & long-range video camera with AI
CES is nearly upon us and one of the most promising new Wi-Fi chipset vendors to demonstrate solutions at CES this year is Morse Micro. The company is quickly gaining traction in delivering long-range, low-power Wi-Fi HaLow technology for IoT devices. The company says Wi-Fi HaLow technology provides “10x the range, 100x the coverage area and 1000x the volume” (device numbers) compared to traditional Wi-Fi solutions. For more on the Wi-Fi HaLow standard also read here.
At CES Morse Micro will be demonstrating a range of new products together with partners, among them new AI-based wireless security camera technology from ViewSec. Wi-Fi HaLow connectivity enables extended camera range, long battery life, and clear video streaming for both indoor and outdoor applications, the company says.
Morse Micro will also demonstrate how the Matter IoT protocol – most often used together with Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6, or Thread – can operate using Wi-Fi HaLow for extended range. The fact that a Wi-Fi HaLow (sub-GHz) option for Matter exists is less know but is absolutely defined as part of the Matter specification version 1.2, the company says. To book a meeting with Morse Micro at suite LIDO: 3100B at the Venetian during CES 2024, please visit here.
ABI Research says Wi-Fi returns to growth in 2024
ABI Research – see the research note here – says the Wi-Fi infrastructure industry appears to have bottomed out in late 2023, which means the path has been cleared for a return to growth in 2024. The research house cites 8% CAGR on Wi-Fi infrastructure shipments 2024-2030 with total shipments jumping more than 71% for the period. Growth will be driven by employees returning to work in offices (driving enterprise Wi-Fi upgrades) and competition between residential broadband service providers, ABI Research says.
ABI Research says “Wi-Fi 7 will inject significant innovation into the Wi-Fi ecosystem in 2024” as will the move to standard power 6 GHz Wi-Fi with AFC. In numbers the Wi-Fi Alliance says “Wi-Fi 7 will see rapid adoption across a broad ecosystem with more than 233 million devices expected to enter the market in 2024, growing to 2.1 billion devices by 2028.”