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Intel Launches Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Adapter With the Latest 802.11ax Standard

In late January, we learned Intel’s new Wi-Fi adapter, formerly known as Cyclone Peak, would come to market using the latest AX/Wi-Fi 6 standards. Jumping to today, Intel has released the Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter. The M.2 module uses the 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) standard that's said to deliver faster performance, plus lower latencies and lower battery consumption.

(Image: © Intel)

The AX200 arrives in an M.2 2230 form factor (1216 as well), supporting a maximum speed of 2.4 Gbps on the 5 GHz (160 MHz) band and around 574 MB/s using 2.4 GHz band (802.11ax in both). The module supports MU-MIMO, 2x2 TX/RX channels with two antennae and Bluetooth 5. In addition to Windows 10 and Google Chrome OS, there's also Linux support, enabled in the Linux 5.1 kernel.

Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Specifications

Antenna, TX/RX Streams2x2
MU-MIMOYes
Bands2.4 GHz, 5 GHz (160 MHz)
Max Speed2.4 Gbps
Wi-Fi Certified802.11ax
Bluetooth5.0
Form FactorM.2 2230;M.2 1216
DimensionsM.2 2230: 22 x 30 x 2.4 mmM.2 1216: 12 x 16 x 1.65 mm

More specifications are available on the Intel website

We should start to see these in laptops, other small PCs and motherboards soon with pricing for units said to be around $10-$17 for partners, which is comparable to the AC-based Intel 9560 Wi-Fi adapter when it was launched. 

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