On January 28 the FCC published Intel's application for the M.2 version of their Wi-Fi 6 AX201 network adapter, with model name AX201NGW. Formerly known as Cyclone Peak the units are now available.
It is very similar to the previous Wireless-AC 9260 network card, but with 802.11ax support. Which will most likely mean peak connection rates of 574 Mb/s on 2,4 GHz and 2402 Mb/s on 5 GHz. In the process some specs got confirmed:
- 802.11ax support in both bands
- Uses M.2 2230 form factor
- 2 antenna's for 2x2 MIMO
- 5 GHz band supports 160 MHz
- Bluetooth 5 support
That means 802.11ax is here, we recently already tested a router with WIFI6 AX, but lacked a client-side unit to test it. Latency should get a bit lower with AX, as well as a bump in performance (albeit that remains relative). Intel will be selling these units at 10 to 17 bucks a pop for partners to add into motherboards, laptops, and small computers.