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Spec offers up to 7Gbps of wireless bandwidth

Wireless networking has changed the way we are able to access data in our homes and offices. Today we can move around the home while downloading documents and file without interrupting access to the internet. In the past, an internet connection meant using wires.

Like most things in the technology world, wireless networking is always looking to gain speed and while the 802.11n specification was only ratified this year there are already new specifications in the works. One of the specs in the works from the Wi-Fi Alliance is 802.11ad. This specification is in the very early stages of development, but promises much higher bandwidth than current specifications and will operate on the 60 GHz spectrum.

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance has completed the specifications for its WiGig technology that promises to deliver enough bandwidth for wireless connections up to 7Gbps. The standard is written but is undergoing editing and IP review before it is made available to partner companies.

The specification is designed to operate on the 60 GHz frequency band, which is unlicensed. The spec will allow the transfer of high bandwidth content such as HD video. The technology is designed to be complementary to WiFi and while no formal ties to the WiFi Alliance are in place, the WiFi Alliance has said that the two specifications should be complementary to each other.

WiGig will come to market in 2011 if all goes well with technologies like HomePNA, HomePlug, Multimedia over Coax, Ultrawideband, and Wireless Home Digital Interface. Originally, the WiGig specification was to be available to members this quarter, but the alliance has not yet set out requirements for Adopter memberships for those who only want integrate the technology into their gear. The specs are already available to member companies who helped develop the specification.

WiGig was originally envisioned as a technology that would allow the transmission of video and other content within the same room for use in streaming video wirelessly from a computer to a display and other uses. The specification was expanded with the use of beam forming technology to be able to operate around a home. WiGig will be backwards compatible with WiFi. Many of the designing companies who worked on WiGig are WiFi firms as well.

Ali Sardi from WiGig Alliance said, "The majority of silicon makers in the WiGig group are Wi-Fi developers, so you can bet when they designed this new spec they were not going to throw out everything they did in the past."

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By Shig on 12/10/2009 12:27:55 PM , Rating: 4
+1 to using a new spectrum that isn't already bloated (I don't want phones using the same one!)

+1 to 1080p streaming

RE: Nice
By fleshconsumed on 12/10/2009 12:48:35 PM , Rating: 5
One, you can already do 1080p streaming over 11n as long as it's a bluray rip and not bluray disc (no discernible difference in my opinion). Two, I'm no expert on this issue, but I think 60GHz will have range problems, 5GHz routers already have smaller range than 2.4GHz, with 60GHz you will either have to up the power significantly, or place transmitter/receiver closer to each other which kind of defeats the point of wireless.

RE: Nice
By omnicronx on 12/10/2009 2:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
Two, I'm no expert on this issue, but I think 60GHz will have range problems
And you would be correct, in fact they straight out claim that it is designed for high speed over a relatively small area (from what I've read within 10 meters or around 30 feet). For comparison I have a friend with a 60GHZ adaptor he bought at bestbuy for his TV to transmit 1080p video (no relation to WIGIG) and his TV is a good 20-25 feet from the source.

If anything I'd be more worried about wall penetration, at 60GHZ I really wonder how well this signal can even pass through walls.

What this article leaves out is the fact that it will also have a 'beam-forming feature'(multiple antennas with multiple elements) that will allow use of more than 10 meters.

RE: Nice
By omnicronx on 12/10/2009 2:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
What this article leaves out is the fact that it will also have a 'beam-forming feature'(multiple antennas with multiple elements) that will allow use of more than 10 meters.
It will also operate asymmetrically, so unlike wireless N, the receiving component does not need to match the number of antennas. (which is the MAJOR downfall of wireless N, especially for use with portable devices in which this is rarely possible.)

RE: Nice
By amanojaku on 12/10/2009 2:25:53 PM , Rating: 4
The general rule of thumb is that distance is inversely proportional to the frequency. Add to that the fact that the 60GHz range is specifically chosen because it is readily absorbed by Oxygen, further limiting its distance. At a general operating distance of 10 metres WiGig is meant to complement WiFi, not replace it.

RE: Nice
By Samus on 12/11/2009 5:52:09 AM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with the 9GHz-12GHz spectrum, basically nothing uses it? 60GHz? Just watch you won't get full speed is your a meter away. And I agree with Omni, this is barely going to push through drywall at that frequency.

RE: Nice
By dagamer34 on 12/10/2009 6:46:54 PM , Rating: 2

While there is MORE than enough bandwidth for Blu-ray streaming, because of packet loss, it's not as smooth as it really needs to be. I've tested this on multiple computers using an 802.11n 5Ghz network. For Blu-ray streaming, wired is always the best way to go.

RE: Nice
By FoxFour on 12/11/2009 2:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
One, you can already do 1080p streaming over 11n as long as it's a bluray rip and not bluray disc (no discernible difference in my opinion).

Except that one is illegal while the other may be legitimate.

RE: Nice
By Sanchez1986 on 12/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Nice
By kkuulr on 12/12/09, Rating: -1
RE: Nice
By aqaq55 on 12/15/2009 7:52:23 AM , Rating: 1

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By drewsup on 12/10/2009 1:09:36 PM , Rating: 3
So we went from B ,(10mbs), to G ,(54mbs), to N ,(108-300 mbs), in the space of what, 5 years. Now in less than 3, they propose to increase the speed to what, 25 times what N is?? Maybe they should have called it Ludicrous Speed WiFi.

By Anoxanmore on 12/10/2009 1:31:15 PM , Rating: 2
That was funny, kudos. :D

Love spaceballs.

By dragunover on 12/10/2009 1:41:38 PM , Rating: 2
we always need more spaceballs references.

By Gannon on 12/11/2009 4:27:20 PM , Rating: 2
Commence operation, VACU-SUCK!

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By therealnickdanger on 12/10/2009 3:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
What have I done?! My brains are going into my feet!

By Smartless on 12/10/2009 4:33:18 PM , Rating: 2
Nah its Ridiculous Speed. Then its Ludicrous. By then, internet speeds would have gone to plaid.

By AToZKillin on 12/10/2009 1:26:32 PM , Rating: 2
Our school is still on 11. Atrocious.

RE: Embarassing
By chrnochime on 12/10/2009 2:14:08 PM , Rating: 3
So what if you have "only" 11 mbps. Back when we were in college there was NO wireless connection at all. Everyone was stuck with desktop. Can't do your youtube/facebook/twittering at school? Maybe you should be doing school work instead of wasting time on the campus.

RE: Embarassing
By jw6594 on 12/10/2009 3:03:22 PM , Rating: 5
That was angry enough to be followed by...and you kids get off my lawn!!!

RE: Embarassing
By amanojaku on 12/10/2009 3:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
School work at school? Fantasy, meet reality. When I was in college I found out that most of my peers were lazy, unmotivated, and less than smart. Most of them went to school to get out of the house without having the responsibilities of a job and rent. They were "working" on getting laid, drunk, high, and anything else that stimulated pleasure. I thought it was just my school... It turns out that all American colleges and universities, including the Ivy Leagues, are no different.

Most kids want their toys, and as technology becomes cheaper, more capable and ubiquitous, wireless Internet access is taken for granted. Anyways, you may not think Internet access is a right, but porn is. And the best porn is found on the web, so by extension wireless porn in class is a right. ;-)

By ebaycj on 12/10/2009 1:27:30 PM , Rating: 4
This technology is to replace DVI / HDMI / DisplayPort, and allow wireless communications between "dumb" devices (read non-laptop, non-desktop) that are close by each other, in the same room.

This is not designed to be a competitor in any way to wifi.

Not So Fast...
By FredEx on 12/12/2009 11:35:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'd not write off what 60 Gig will be able to do, as far as propagate in a house. When I worked in the Motorola Communications Group, "experts" and other companies said we were wasting our time trying to do a new higher freq radio system via antenna propagation. They said it could only be transmitted via wave guides. "It will never transmit more than 10 feet if that" is what I read in one industry magazine. That super high frequency was 800 MHZ. The beginning of the 800 MHZ trunking system. Then the "experts" said the power would be limited to a few watts. Then we came out with the quarter K base stations. When they were writing that, we were already testing them on the factory floor.

I love naysayers. If everybody listened to them everything would still be wired and I'd be staring at a amber or green screen 9" monitor.

By KristopherKubicki on 12/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hmm
By amanojaku on 12/10/2009 12:36:16 PM , Rating: 2
What would make you happy? iGig? A name is just a marketing gimmick and has no bearing on the product's capabilities. Besides, techs have a long history of poorly named products that worked well.

RE: Hmm
By rs1 on 12/10/2009 12:45:00 PM , Rating: 2
A name is just a marketing gimmick and has no bearing on the product's capabilities.

That, I think. Something that clearly says to the average user that "this is clearly better than WiFi".

So maybe something like "WiFi+". Or "802.1100Xtreme".

RE: Hmm
By HVAC on 12/11/2009 12:41:26 PM , Rating: 2
Based on some of the earlier posts I read in response to this article, the only way to draw attention to a improvement in technology is to name it "boobies".

RE: Hmm
By Mr Perfect on 12/10/2009 12:37:00 PM , Rating: 2
The sad thing is, they probably formed a committee to come up with the name.

Which then spent a couple of weeks hammering out not only the name, but the font, coloring, and capitalization used in the offical logo.

RE: Hmm
By lemonadesoda on 12/10/2009 5:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
That logo looks like someone on the committee has got a 14yr old that "can do graphics" using free draw programs. Dreadful.

RE: Hmm
By HVAC on 12/11/2009 12:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's just the recession. We can't afford *real* temperamental artists any more. We make do with crayons and construction paper.

RE: Hmm
By Chaotic42 on 12/12/2009 7:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, it's better than the 2012 Olympic Games logo...

RE: Hmm
By beerhound on 12/13/2009 10:27:57 AM , Rating: 1
Holy shit! That is awful. It's so bad, I thought there is no way they chose that and googled "london olympics logo". Wow.

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