MediaTek Filogic 860 & Filogic 360 WiFi 7 chipsets target mainstream BE7200 routers and clients

MediaTek has unveiled two new WiFi 7 chipsets with the Filogic 860 tri-core Arm Cortex-A73 SoC designed for up to BE7200 mainstream routers and gateways and Filogic 360 WiFi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 chip for client devices such as smartphones, PCs, laptops, set-top boxes, OTT streaming boxes, etc… for up to 2.9 Gbps bandwidth.

The new Filogic 860 and Filogic 360 chipsets provide more cost-effective alternatives to the Filogic 880 SoC for up to BE36000 routers and Filogic 380 clients chip capable of up to  6.5 Gbps PHY data rate, both of which were introduced in May 2022.

MediaTek Filogic 860

MediaTek Filogic 860

Filogic 860 specifications:

  • CPU – 3x Arm Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz
  • Network Processing Unit (NPU) – Hardware QoS acceleration and Tunneling Offload Engine for VLAN / PPTP / L2TP / GRE
  • Networking Crypto engine (EIP-197) – For IPv4 NATP / IPv6 / DS-Lite / 6RD acceleration
  • Memory I/F – DDR3, DDR4
  • Storage I/F – SPI-NOR, SPI-NAND, eMMC, SD
  • Networking
    • Wi-Fi 7 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be)
      • Up to 7.2 Gbps (BE7200) PHY performance
      • Tri-band support – 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
      • Key Features – BW40 (2.4Ghz), BW160 (5/6GHz), 4096-QAM, MLO, MRU, and AFC
      • Antenna – 4×4 (2.4GHz) + 5×5 (5/6GHz); Filogic Xtra range to boost receiving distance using an extra antenna
    • Ethernet
      • 1x 10GbE (USXGMII)
      • 1x 2.5GbE PHY
      • 4x 1GbE interfaces
  • USB – 2x USB 3.2 up to 5 Gbps each
  • PCIe – PCIe 3.0 up to 10 Gbps
  • Other I/Os – UART, SPI, PWM, GPIO and OTP

The company says the Filogic 860 will be found in WiFi 7 enterprise access points, service provider Ethernet gateways and mesh nodes, as well as retail and IoT router applications. There’s no information about software support, but MediaTek will likely provide support for Linux-based distributions like OpenWrt and/or Debian.

MediaTek Filogic 360

MediaTek Filogic 360

Filogic 360 specifications:

  • Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi 7 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be)
    • Tri-band – 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
    • Antenna – 2×2 triple-band
    • Max Throughput – Up to 2.9Gbps
    • Wi-Fi 7 Features – Up to 160MHz BW, 4096-QAM, Hybrid MLO (eMLSR), MRU ()
  • Bluetooth Dual 5.4, LE Audio
  • MediaTek Bluetooth and Wi-Fi coexistence technology
  • Single chip with RF, Baseband, MAC, iFEM
  • Host interface – PCI Express 2.1 or USB 3.0

The MediaTek Filogic 860 and Filogic 360 WiFi 7 chipsets are now sampling to customers, and mass production is scheduled for mid-2024, so the first routers, gateways, and clients based on the new chips should come out in H2 2024. More details may be found on the respective product pages and in the press release.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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