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Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021: FastConnect Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity Round-up

Dec 14, 2021

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At this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, we showcased the best-in-class connected experiences that Qualcomm FastConnect system can deliver.Leading Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth audio innovations were front and center across multiple platform announcements at our annual event on the Big Island of Hawaii. Keynote presentations and experiential demos revealed powerful benefits with dramatic performance improvements for Snapdragon Compute platforms and our all-new gaming platform – delivering premium experiences your devices deserve.

"Qualcomm Technologies continues to leverage its leadership in Wi-Fi across multiple device segments to enhance the user experience. The FastConnect family continues to lead the industry and enable lower latency and faster speeds, and is a great complement to Qualcomm Technologies’ latest platforms." – Anshel Sag, Principal Analyst, Moor Insights & StrategyAttendees had the opportunity to experience the latest Snapdragon 8 Mobile Platform Gen 1, with FastConnect 6900 system, combining the world’s most advanced Wi-Fi 6 & 6E with the world’s most advanced Bluetooth audio. Our full set of premium FastConnect features can deliver multi-gig speeds up to 3.6 Gbps and extremely low latency – and take audio to the next level, typically reserved for wired setups. FastConnect 6900 delivers Snapdragon Sound technology with CD quality lossless audio, enabling wire-class quality wirelessly. And all-new broadcast audio support, with LE Audio, allows Snapdragon 8 to activate new listening scenarios for users – like connecting an unlimited number of audio devices to share a song with friends, watch a movie together, or host your own silent disco party.


Freedom of movement is a key objective of Snapdragon compute platforms, and the all-new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 delivers by liberating users from dependencies on wires for connectivity. By featuring FastConnect 6900, 8cx Gen 3 touts the fastest Wi-Fi 6 and 6E available, and a 2x performance improvement over previous generations. Video conferencing, gaming, and productivity require speed but also sustained low latency, responsiveness, and capacity. By harnessing sophisticated multi-directional and multi-user data techniques, FastConnect 6900 provides reliability and responsiveness fit for modern applications, even in congested environments. Further, Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 with FastConnect 6900 supports Wi-Fi Dual Station, supported on Windows 11 using Qualcomm 4-stream dual-band simultaneous (DBS. This advanced feature concurrently harnesses multiple Wi-Fi bands and antennas to avoid latency issues as they arise.

The readily available benefits of Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 with FastConnect 6900 are punctuated with gaming. Thanks to support for Wi-Fi Dual Station by Microsoft on Windows 11, and Valve on their Steamworks SDK, together we are enabling low latency and jitter-free online play on popular titles such as Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The following graphic highlights latency/jitter performance within a narrow margin of Ethernet, per test results using Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 connected to a retail Wi-Fi 6 access point:

Further building on the gaming theme, an entirely new Snapdragon G3x Gaming Platform took center stage. As gamers worldwide can attest, if you experience network lag or buffering, you are not able to be fully immersed in the game experience.  Fortunately, Snapdragon G3x features FastConnect 6900 to cut the lag and deliver an ultimate gaming experience wirelessly with multi-gig speeds and sophisticated latency-reducing features. Even when games are hosted and streamed directly from a console or cloud server, FastConnect 6900 leverages state-of-the-art capabilities designed to deliver lightning-fast performance and jitter-free online gaming. In any scenario, Snapdragon G3x with FastConnect helps you connect – and stay connected – to the games you love. 

We’re constantly pushing the envelope of innovation to meet the connectivity demands of today and the future, applying our leading Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities of FastConnect 6900 across multiple segments. Reimagining connected experiences for mobile, computing, and gaming was a highlight of this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit and an exciting development for the next generation of Snapdragon based devices that feature this powerful connectivity. Check out the full recap of this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit here, and learn more about our FastConnect systems and how they can enhance connectivity in your everyday life.

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