Move over Wi-Fi… WiGig is taking Over
May 11, 2010 14 Comments
by Elias Shams
Imagine accessing the internet via the fastest existing Wi-Fi today, but ten times faster (10x). Just the thought of its effect on our home media networking gives me the goose bump. It’s in the pipeline and it’s called WiGig.
The Wi-Fi Alliance and Wireless Gigabit Alliance have jointly approved the specification for a new format for transmitting data over the air at speeds up to 10 times faster than today’s most powerful hotspots can provide. The goal – to bring 7Gbps wireless connectivity to users.
The two organizations will try to convince leading wireless networking manufacturers (e.g., Linksys and D-Link) to incorporate the new WiGig format into upcoming products over the next couple years. The organizations envision WiGig as a complement to existing Wi-Fi bands rather than as a replacement. That’s because WiGig’s coverage range is significantly smaller.
The idea is to combine into a single router a 2.4GHz adapter to handle backward compatibility and improve range, a 5GHz adapter for performance, and a 60GHz adapter for super-fast transfers over a short distance.
Question though: What about the new 1Gbps wireless standard, 802.11ad specs that IEEEs has already on their drawing board?
It will also be interesting to see how WiGig will change the WiMax space. Anyone?
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