AMD has announced its own RZ600 modules with Wi-Fi 6E support. The modules are based on MediaTek’s new Filogic 330P chipset, and AMD is pushing them forward to combine with Ryzen processors in laptops and desktops.
MediaTek’s Filogic 330P chipset offers support for 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, which uses the 6GHz band in addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. The chipset also offers support for Bluetooth 5.2.
AMD uses the chipset in two variants of the RZ600: one with 80MHz-wide channels in an M.2 2230 form factor, and one with 160MHz channels, which will be available as an M.2 2230 and more compact M.2 1216 module. . What role AMD played in its development is unclear. AnandTech reported early this year based on information that had appeared about the modules that at least the RZ608 was simply a rebrand of MediaTek’s MT7921K chipset.
AMD and MediaTek claim in any case to have developed certified PCIe and USB interfaces that include energy management. Furthermore, AMD points to compatibility guarantees and stress-test results, which would save PC builders time when deploying the Wi-Fi modules.
AMD and MediaTek hope that OEMs will combine the RZ600 modules with Ryzen processors in laptops and desktops, where those manufacturers now often opt for Intel modules for Wi-Fi support. Since last year, the manufacturer of Killer modules for Wi-Fi, Rivet Networks, is also part of Intel.
|Wi-Fi module||Wi-Fi specs||M.2 slots|
|AMD RZ616 Wi-Fi 6E Module||Wi-Fi 6E, 2×2 160MHz Wi-Fi channels, PHY rates up to 2.4Gbit/s||M.2 2230 and 1216|
|AMD RZ608 Wi-Fi 6E Module||Wi-Fi 6E, 2×2 80MHz Wi-Fi channels, PHY rates up to 1.2Gbit/s||M.2 2230|