MediaTek announced today that it has collaborated with Federated Wireless in successful testing for Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) on MediaTek’s Filogic Wi-Fi 7 and Wi-Fi 6E chips. AFC systems allow standard power operation for indoor and outdoor unlicensed devices (including 5G CPEs, fiber gateways, and ethernet gateways) to transmit over 850 MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz frequency band. As per Alan Hsu, corporate vice president of Connectivity at MediaTek:
“Our leadership in Wi-Fi technology would not be complete without ensuring our customers have easy access to AFC solutions. We are very happy to partner with Federated Wireless and to have finished an extensive series of integration testing. Our Filogic Wi-Fi 7 and 6E chips, including the CES 2023 Innovation Award-winning Filogic 880, will soon support Standard Power operation in the 6GHz spectrum for companies producing Wi-Fi devices.”
The testing process involved a comprehensive set of positive and negative tests drawn from the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) AFC System certification specification. The positive tests included verifying proper AFC calculation and response of spectrum availability, while the negative tests included verifying proper AFC System error handling. MediaTek adds that the tests employed security measures that went above and beyond those specified by the WFA’s Standard Device Interface (WFA SDI) requirement documentation. Kurt Schaubach, chief technology officer at Federated Wireless states:
“We are proud to partner with MediaTek to perform these critical interoperability tests to ensure that the commercial industry is ready for standard power device operations to begin. Federated Wireless prides itself on being a premier collaborator with our partners and customers interested in spectrum sharing solutions.”
With these interoperability tests, there are more opportunities for consumers to be able to use Federated Wireless’ AFC system on MediaTek’s Filogic Wi-Fi 7 and 6E chips. The development of AFC will also push for improved performance in Wi-Fi-enabled products, including those with support for newer and faster Wi-Fi 7 technology.