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Chip maker Marvell has licensed WiGig silicon designer Wilocity's 60GHz tech for future high-speed wireless networking and cable-killing kit.

Wilocity has been focusing on WiGig for some years now. WiGig - aka Wirless Gigabit - extends 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi into the 60GHz band to deliver fast but in-room only networking. The specification is capable of pushing data at up to 7Gb/s.

WiGig wireless networking component forms the basis for the IEEE standard 802.11ad, but extends that with peer-to-peer connections for cable-replacement duties, such as wireless USB and wireless HDMI.

Marvell's Wilocity-derived products will support WiGig's Wireless Bus Extension (WBE) spec, capable of routing PCI Express and USB traffic over a 60GHz link. They will support existing Wi-Fi tech to offer tri-band networking.

Each firm today patted each other on the back for being savvy to do business with the other, but neither said when we'll see the technology in products we can use.

Broadly, the first WiGig chips are expected late 2012 or early 2013, with products following later in the year. ®

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