AMD and Qualcomm are teaming up: Laptops powered by AMD Ryzen processors may soon see significant Wi-Fi performance increases owing to a new cooperation with Qualcomm.
The chipmaker has revealed that Qualcomm FastConnect will be accessible on PCs with AMD Ryzen CPUs, which means Wi-Fi 6 and 6E connections will be available on more devices shortly, with download rates of up to 3.6GBps.
A number of business-oriented laptops will be among the first to receive the upgrade, with notebooks running AMD Ryzen Pro 6000 series CPUs and Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 among the first to receive it.
“Out-of-band Wi-Fi remote management is a critical tool for enterprise IT administrators to diagnose and solve issues, even when the operating system is not running,” said Jason Banta, CVP and GM of OEM Client Computing at AMD.
“AMD Ryzen PRO 6000 Series CPUs with Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 provide next-generation business laptops with the processing and networking tools required to function in modern contexts, providing professional-strength remote management for users in the new, hybrid workplace.”
The launch will also include the first Windows 11 devices, as the two businesses want to collaborate with Microsoft to make the most of certain valuable connection technologies available on the platform.
This features Windows 11 Wi-Fi Dual Station, which enables laptops to access several Wi-Fi bands at the same time for lower latency and better connectivity. According to AMD and Qualcomm, this should benefit corporate customers in particular by improving video conferencing performance.
AMD was also eager to promote its Manageability Processor remote management solution for Ryzen Pro 6000 PCs, which should make such machines more appealing to organizations wanting to modernize their IT infrastructure.
Users of such devices, such as the recently released Lenovo ThinkPad Z Series and HP EliteBook 805 Series, should be able to enjoy the benefits of accessing the 6GHz band for enhanced bandwidth and performance without having to compete with older, non-6E devices.