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January 10, 2013

WiGig's IEEE 802.11ad Gains Approval, Sets Stage for Next-Generation Wireless Networking Technology



By Daniel Brecht
Contributing Writer



It’s official. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has approved and endorsed the new Wi-Fi standard IEEE (News - Alert) 802.11ad developed with Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance.

An organization behind the drive of multi-gigabit-speed wireless communications over the 60 GHz (EHF microwave) spectrum, WiGig created IEEE 802.11 ad hoc technology to provide high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLAN) on the 60 GHz band.

Publication of the wireless computer networking standard by the IEEE 802.11 working group provides a solution for “tri-band enabled devices” – which are starting to emerge in 2013, capable of delivering data transfer rates of up to 7 Gb/s, while maintaining compatibility with existing Wi-Fi devices.  

Ali Sadri, president and Chairman of WiGig, said the endorsement of the IEEE 802.11ad standard comes at a critical moment in multi-gigabit wireless industry transformation.

Having recently unified with Wi-Fi Alliance (News - Alert), WiGig’s multi-gigabit technology, which runs in 60GHz, will provide development of next-generation wireless consumer electronics, handheld devices and PCs, said Sadri.

WiGig’s published IEEE 802.11ad standard, which enables extreme high frequency (EHF) 60 GHz communication, is aligned with the WiGig MAC/PHY specifications (published in 2011) and is capable of high-speed data rates – suitable for close-range data transfer, such as for in-home HD video systems.

Gaining approval of 11ad to drive the 60 GHz single module for the wireless ecosystem has moved a step closer to widespread industry adoption: Companies like Wilocity and Atheros (News - Alert), developers of semiconductors for network communications, are already taking a unified approach to 60 GHz wireless development for networked products like Wi-Fi chipsets, Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO) cards and applications for high-definition video and high-capacity data storage devices.

Word of the publication of the new IEEE standard is spreading. It has become a period of diligence and planning to make 60 GHz technology an important part of the future of wireless connectivity, said Peter Cooney, practice director for semiconductors at ABI Research (News - Alert).

The new 11ad standard is not a replacement for 802.11ac; in fact, it provides native 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support. It simply expands data rates even further while taking advantage of a new spectrum and new technologies for wireless at home, in the office or for mobile/portable users to communicate over four, 2.16GHz-wide channels.

Those interested in knowing more about WiGig and its 60 GHz specifications for wireless devices and applications, or in learning about its multi-gigabit wireless docking system, can attend its demonstration at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 8-11).

Those who can’t make it to the event can visit Wireless Gigabit Alliance’s website for details on all the things covered. 

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO (News - Alert). Follow us on Twitter.




Edited by Braden Becker
 
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