Intel And Broadcom Show Off Super-Fast Wi-Fi 7 Technology
The two tech giants demonstrated the speed and stability of the incoming new Wi-Fi standard in a showcase event in Santa Clara, California.
Although overshadowed by the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, the Intel Corporation and Broadcom yesterday quietly ushered in a huge milestone in tech with a demonstration of the first cross-company Wi-Fi 7 implementation.
The collaboration showcased consistent Wi-Fi speeds of over 5 gigabits per second (5Gbps), using an Intel Core laptop connected to a Broadcom access point.
“We are proud to highlight how next-generation Wi-Fi 7 can make new mobile PC experiences possible. Industry collaboration is essential to ensure we deliver on the promises of this new wireless technology. We would like to thank our colleagues at Broadcom for their great technical cooperation, which helped enable this unprecedented, first-of-its-kind demonstration of ultra-high speed and ultra-low latency Wi-Fi 7,” says Carlos Cordeiro, Intel Fellow and Wireless CTO, Client Computing Group, Intel.
Wi-Fi 7 will be the gold standard for at least 10 years of product releases, offering high speeds, increased stability, and low latency compared to existing solutions. For technology fans wanting more details, Wi-Fi 7 will feature wider 320 MHz channels in the 6GHz spectrum, higher order 4K QAM modulation, and improved channel utilization.
“Today’s milestone sends a clear message: the ecosystem is ready, and Wi-Fi 7 is here to deliver extraordinary capacity and blazing fast speeds to extend gigabit broadband. The reliable, low latency communication provided by Wi-Fi 7 is a key element of Broadcom’s vision for connecting everything as the Internet evolves to its next iteration,” says Vijay Nagarajan, vice president, Wireless Connectivity Division, Broadcom.
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For those less concerned about the details and more interested in future applications, the new Wi-Fi standard will almost certainly be put to work in augmented and virtual reality settings, enabling fast and steady streaming of ultra-high-definition 16K video.
As our homes become increasingly connected and more devices rely on wireless signals, gamers and work-from-home employees alike will benefit from massive speed increases, while regular multimedia users will benefit from stable streams and better utilization of high-speed broadband and fiber internet services.
Adobe Firefly AI Image Generator Comes To Photoshop
The Generative Fill tool will arrive in the app’s tool palette sometime in the second half of this year.
Adobe Photoshop is the latest app to benefit from the explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, gaining a new tool called Generative Fill. The company’s AI image generator Firefly benefitted from the new feature in a web-only update back in March, and today, the Generative Fill tool launches in beta for the popular photo editing program.
Generative Fill is a little like a smarter version of Adobe’s existing Content-Aware Fill feature and works within individual Photoshop image layers. The tool can be used to expand the borders of an image (a feature known as outpainting) or to generate entirely new objects, and contains a text prompt to add direction to the AI technology.
Adobe claims its AI is only trained to work on Adobe Stock images, licensed content, and images without copyright restrictions. Generative Fill also supports a system called Content Credentials, which attaches metadata-style attributes to images before they are shared online, informing viewers that content was created or edited with the help of AI.
“By integrating Firefly directly into workflows as a creative co-pilot, Adobe is accelerating ideation, exploration and production for all of our customers,” announced Ashley Still, the senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe. “Generative Fill combines the speed and ease of generative AI with the power and precision of Photoshop, empowering customers to bring their visions to life at the speed of their imaginations,” she added.
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Generative Fill isn’t yet available in the latest version of Photoshop, but if you’re curious about how the tool works, you can download the desktop beta app or try it out within a module of the Firefly beta. Adobe is still tight-lipped about the exact release date of Generative Fill, but says we can expect the new feature to drop sometime in the second half of 2023.