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Wigig Fast Wireless Group Finishes Standard


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A standard for a technology to deliver as much as 7 gigabits per second over an extremely high unlicensed frequency band has been completed by the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance. The group says that WiGig will be capable of supporting high-definition video streams or allowing users to link laptops to desktop docks and displays. The standard will likely get a leg up from its strong support and relationship to Wi-Fi.

The alliance originally said that WiGig's peak speed would be about 6 Gbits/s, and at that rate it would have 10 times the capacity of the fastest Wi-Fi technology today. The group also has said that WiGig networks should be able to operate over distances greater than 10 meters thanks to its beam-forming feature. WiGig runs in the high 60 GHz frequency, which is unlicensed in the United States and other parts of the world.

All WiGig gear will be capable of communicating at the basic level of exchanging IP packets, but the WiGig Alliance's Mark Grodzinsky says the group also is developing protocol adaptation layers to optimize the performance of specific applications. The Wi-Fi Alliance is working on IEEE 802.11AD, which also is a specification for high-speed wireless local access networks at 60 GHz, but the Wi-Fi Alliance has said that WiGig appears to complement Wi-Fi.

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