Wi-Fi Alliance And WiGig Alliance Join To Deliver 60GHz Wi-Fi Products

Wi-Fi Alliance And WiGig Alliance Join To Deliver 60GHz Wi-Fi Products

Right now, most Wi-Fi routers run on the 2.4GHz wave. Most people who set up routers in the home use the 2.4GHz band, with or without their own knowledge or understanding. Some of the more technologically savvy users may opt for a 5GHz transmission, which is more rarely used and is generally less saturated. Really savvy users may even use a dual-band Wi-Fi setup that relies on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for different types of transmissions. But as of now, no one in the consumer realm uses the 60GHz band to transmit Wi-Fi signals.

That's all going to change in the upcoming months, as the Wi-Fi Alliance and WiGig Alliance have allied themselves today in order to being 60GHz transmissions to the Wi-Fi products we all know and love. The two have announced a cooperation agreement for multi-gigabit wireless networking, and as with the introduction of the 1.1 specification of WirelessHD, this news couldn't have come soon enough. Speeds of yesteryear aren't enough for tomorrow, and as with USB 2.0 falling to USB 3.0, we need new specifications to push more megabytes over the air in a timely fashion.



The new alliance will let Wi-Fi products operate on the 60GHz band, and of course, this is targeted primarily for applications that require gigabit speeds. HD streamers, wireless 1080p transfers and all sorts of other high-bandwidth applications will benefit from being able to utilize 60GHz bands. Best of all, the new partnership has stated that "a significant portion, if not all, of these devices are expected to also support traditional Wi-Fi networking in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands."

No mention is made of when 60GHz Wi-Fi products will ship to average consumers, but hopefully it won't be long now.

The WiGig Alliance, which shares many member companies in common with the Wi-Fi Alliance, was formed to unify the next generation of multi-gigabit wireless products by encouraging the adoption and widespread use of 60 GHz wireless technology worldwide.

The WiGig specification defines protocols to deliver data transfer rates measured in gigabits rather than megabits and supports a new range of applications and usages. The specification also defines procedures to enable WiGig compliant devices to hand over sessions to operate in the 2.4 or 5 GHz band. It is expected that a new class of tri-band Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ devices will offer multi-gigabit wireless speeds while helping to ensure backward compatibility.

"There is no question that this agreement will enable 60 GHz technology to form an important part of the high-performance future for wireless networking," said Phil Solis, practice director for Wireless Connectivity at ABI Research. "By cooperating, the groups have set a course for interoperability and backward compatibility that will accelerate the adoption and usefulness of multi-gigabit wireless networking."


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With speeds like that, computers could do away completely with USB cables. I'm pretty sure they could scale it down to use hardly any power at all too.

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this is when cloud computing takes a new level right. Looks like soon we'll be paying to use powerful servers rather than building gaming computers. Lookinh forward to seeing this from everything from TV's to phones in the future.

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The higher the frequency the "clearer" the signal. Sure they will be able to transmit more data.... but the problem with doing so is that the range is greatly reduced. The further you are from the source, the transfer speeds will be significantly reduced.

They will need to use some hardcore antennas to be able to blast this signal throughout someones homes. And this will be expensive.

It's just like AM vs FM. AM operates at a much lower frequency and travels significantly further, but clearity suffers. FM is much clearer, but cannot reach as far as AM at it's lower frequency.

If you recall 900Mhz phones and the incredible distance you could get with them. I could walk accross the street and it would still work. Then came 2.4Ghz, and suddenly I couldn't move so far from the house.

It will be nice to see the difference in speeds... but personally i'd rather just run some CAT6 cables through my house and operate on Gigabit lan :-)

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Buying into the technology is going to be a PITA for sure. First you need the router, and then you need adapters for all of your connected devices too. Or you can just go out and buy all new everything just to keep up with the rest of the neighborhood.

I don't think so.

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