AMD and Qualcomm are teaming up to make Wi-Fi faster on Ryzen platforms. Starting with business laptops. Today, both companies announced that they are working on implementing Qualcomm FastConnect on PCs with AMD Ryzen processors, starting with enterprise laptops that use Ryzen Pro 6000 and Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 series chips.
This will bring Wi-Fi 6 and 6E to some business laptops, although they are unlikely to be the first to do so. But AMD and Qualcomm say that by partnering with Microsoft, laptops including the HP EliteBook 805 series and the Lenovo ThinkPad Z series will take advantage of the wireless options built into Windows 11.
In particular, these laptops will use Windows 11 Wi-Fi Dual Station that Qualcomm previously promoted for gaming (in fact, when it was announced in October 2021, AMD Corporate Vice President Jason Banta said that the company plans to introduce this technology in business laptops. Some promises really come true!). This will allow laptops to use multiple Wi-Fi bands at once to reduce latency, a stronger connection, and, according to the company, improve video conferencing. Because laptops can use the 6 GHz wireless band, they don’t have to struggle to connect to older network devices.
AMD is also promoting its AMD Manageability Processor on the Ryzen Pro 6000 for remote control (however, laptop manufacturers will have to enable this feature for every laptop, so chip availability doesn’t mean the availability of this feature).
“Out-of-band Wi-Fi remote management is an important tool for enterprise IT managers to diagnose and fix issues, even when the operating system is not running,” Banta said in a press release. “AMD Ryzen PRO 6000 Series processors with Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 enable next-generation business laptops to have the processing and connectivity tools needed to perform in modern environments, offering professional-strength remote manageability for users in the new, hybrid workplace.”
The Lenovo ThinkPad Z-series and HP EliteBook 805 laptops were announced at CES, and we expect to see them sometime this year.