[TPU] AMD and MediaTek Formally Launch RZ600 Series Wi-Fi 6E Modules to Enhance PC and Notebook Connectivity

1 : Anonymous2021/11/22 11:29 ID: qzjef1
[TPU] AMD and MediaTek Formally Launch RZ600 Series Wi-Fi 6E Modules to Enhance PC and Notebook Connectivity
2 : Anonymous2021/11/22 14:03 ID: hln0et3

tbh I was expecting rdna with dimensity.

3 : Anonymous2021/11/22 15:25 ID: hlnb0sa

First board I've seen that uses it is the Gigabyte b550i v1.1 (RZ608).

I've been trying to get a v1.1 since I first saw it appear on gigabyte's site a month or so ago, but I still got a v1.0 two weeks ago.

And I haven't been able to find the card on its own yet outside China, but I'm sure it will be available on Amazon soon enough.

I just want to know if it's any more reliable than the AX200's BT is when used on b550, where it's prone to needing the entire system drained of power occasionally when BT disappears. If this AMD commissioned card solves that, then this could be a great step for compatibility.

I just wish they hadn't separated them into two versions, since most wifi 6 or 6E routers support 160MHz channels. Making an 80MHz channel version seems odd when the 160MHz channel version is backward compatible with 80MHz channels anyway.

4 : Anonymous2021/11/22 17:00 ID: hlnowt2

Interesting. How are the contributions divided? Should one expect a mediatek chip AMD have helped fund and slapped their name onto, or are both companies working on the entire thing together as a joint venture? Very curious to see what it means for its opensource drivers (capability and reliability).

ID: hlotewp

AMD is still reliant on a lot of external IP for things like memory PHY, networking, USB, SATA etc. it’s not as vertically integrated as Intel. For things that are integrated into AMD SoC they simply pay royalties, for discrete components the OEM pays they only get access to a turn key validated solution.

This is one of the reasons why Intel still sees better overall battery performance in notebooks their power management covers everything since they control everything and AMD plays catch up.

I don’t expect these wifi basebands to be used outside of entry and possibly some mid range laptops tho high end models still usually go for an Intel wifi chipset since they tend to offer better performance.

Since these are based on the MediaTek Filogic 330P chipset (which is essentially the infamous MediaTek WiFi 6 MT7921 with Wifi 6E support)it’s probably even less likely that you’ll see them in laptops from around the $1000 price range and upwards maybe even lower.

ID: hlrxbe6

What I still want is the AMD Ryzen 10/100/1000 PHY to be exposed on desktop boards, instead of these lackluster (best case) realtek ones.

Blows my mind that no one has done for the quality AND cost saving improvements.

5 : Anonymous2021/11/23 00:07 ID: hlpf1do

Will these modules have open source drivers for Linux? Mediatek doesn't have the best record in that regard.

6 : Anonymous2021/11/22 16:09 ID: hlnhd63

Yikes, moar soldered notebook wifi modules.

7 : Anonymous2021/11/22 14:17 ID: hln266r

They always seems to be behind in nodes or their node always end up using more power vs qualcomm.

Their low end / mid range chips are crap.

ID: hln414e

They literally just released a 4nm SOC that smokes everything QCOM has to offer.

ID: hlqczt2

CPU part of D9000 is on par with 898 (according to their slides tho), GPU part is worse but acceptable.

More competition is better for everyone.

8 : Anonymous2021/11/22 18:50 ID: hlo5n6u

Can’t remember the last time I capped out the wifi card’s bandwidth on any computer lol.

9 : Anonymous2021/11/23 12:11 ID: hlrcaqo

Mediatek fucking sucks at open source

10 : Anonymous2021/11/23 04:54 ID: hlqec9t

What does Mediatek get out of this deal?

It seems like AMD gets wi-fi IP/SOC tech for free? lol

ID: hlsdd51

Mediatek gets money


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