Intel vs AMD has been going on for a long time, and the race has never been closer before than it is now. It looks like AMD has no plans of slowing down, as it is now planning on entering the networking niche.
Intel has dominated the networking sector with its many offerings, including latest spec, Wi-Fi 6, which makes it the WLAN chip provider for most laptops. Even AMD-powered laptops use Intel chips for Wi-Fi 6. AMD is looking to change this as it is teaming up with MediaTek to develop WLAN controllers, says a new report by DigiTimes.
MediaTek is a big name in networking, and is perfectly positioned to help AMD match Intel’s presence in the space. It has experience in building cellular networking, and has the IP needed for AMD to develop new chips without having to do everything from scratch. AMD plans on including native WLAN controllers in upcoming Ryzen systems in a move to counter Intel in yet another segment.
AMD is likely to expand its networking presence after using the WLAN controllers as a soak test of how its venture performs.
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