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.
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 Streams||2x2|
|Bands||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz (160 MHz)|
|Max Speed||2.4 Gbps|
|Form Factor||M.2 2230;|
|Dimensions||M.2 2230: 22 x 30 x 2.4 mm|
M.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.