Feeds

Wireless Gigabit set to become next-gen Wi-Fi?

Alliances team up on tech testing

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance, developer of a wireless data technology that operates in the 60GHz band, has signed up the Wi-Fi Alliance to manage its hardware interoperability programme. The move positions WiGig as a key candidate for the next version of Wi-Fi.

Wireless Gigabit - aka WiGig - delivers data transfer speeds of up to 7Gb/s. The use of the 60GHz frequency means WiGig's range is limited - up to 10m, the Alliance says - though as the gap between base station and client increases, the data rate steps down.

The technology already has a connection with Wi-Fi: it's designed to smoothly switch over to 802.11n in the 5GHz or 2.4GHz bands when the 60GHz link fails. That requires closely connected hardware, of course, and paves the way for "tri-band devices" - kit that will connect using any available band as necessary.

Wi-Fi interoperability is an optional part of the WiGig specification.

WiGig Alliance executives said the move to involve the Wi-Fi Alliance was based on the latter's long experience and proven ability to manage interoperability and certification programmes.

The Wi-Fi Alliance is also an experienced marketer of wireless technology, but WiGig executives would not say how WiGig is to be promoted, or if the Wi-Fi Alliance will ultimately adopt their technology as the basis for a future form of Wi-Fi.

It would make sense if it did, given WiGig's ability to support backward compatibility with today's Wi-Fi hardware and the fact that the Wi-Fi brand is well established in the minds of consumers and is synonymous with wireless computing.

WiGig is backed by the likes of AMD, Intel, Dell, Nokia, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic, NEC, Microsoft and Nvidia and Intel, along with wireless chip specialists Atheros, Broadcom, Texas Instruments and Realtek.

Networking giant Cisco has signed up too: it takes a place on the WiGig Alliance board of directors today.

The WiGig 1.0 spec is available now to Alliance members and registered adopters. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.