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WiGig brings 7 Gbit/s wireless data transfers closer

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 29 Jun 2011 20:23 User comments (3)

WiGig brings 7 Gbit/s wireless data transfers closer Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) published Certification-ready Specification.
On Tuesday, WiGig announced the publication of the 1.1 specification addressing enhancements identified by member companies during the product development process. WiGig pushes the adoption and use of 60 GHz wireless technology.

The WiGig specification allows for communication between wireless devices at multi-gigabit speeds, with WiGig tri-band devices capable of data transfers at rates up to 7 Gbit/s. That is an improvement of more than ten-fold over the 802.11n standard.

Soon WiGig members will be able to test their WiGig-based products to ensure interoperability within the ecosystem and provide end users with reliable solutions at product launch. "We are marching toward enabling the fastest wireless technology for practical applications such as Wireless Docking, Wireless Display and Wireless Networking," said Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance president and chairman.

"Our continued diligence in the MAC-PHY specification development process and collaboration with the Wi-Fi Alliance to build an interoperable multi-gigabit wireless solution based on our latest specification will soon provide an unprecedented user experience that changes people's lives."

WiGig has become an adopter of HDMI Licensing, LLC to further provide WiGig Display Extension (WDE) support for HDMI mapping, and already has a partnership with VESA for wireless DisplayPort certification. WDE is the only 60 GHz specification that defines a framework to connect to DisplayPort monitors and HDMI TVs, enabling key applications such as the wireless transmission of compressed or uncompressed video.

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3 user comments

130.6.2011 1:17

Does this mean that in practice we might finally actually get 54 Mbps?

230.6.2011 12:41

Originally posted by nonoitall:
Does this mean that in practice we might finally actually get 54 Mbps?
We already do actually, you are confusing it with 54MBps (notice capital B). 1 Byte = 8 bits, so 54Mbps would give you under 7 megabytes per second max. I have a 50MB broadband connection at the moment, and it maxes out at just over 6MB/s for that reason.

31.7.2011 2:16

Actually I'm well aware of the difference between a megabit and a megabyte. ;-) I was referring to the chasm between theoretical maximums and typical throughput achieved in practice. (Most wireless G networks I've used come no where near 54Mbps (AKA ~6.4MB/s), even under ideal conditions, though I seem cursed when it comes to shopping for well-performing wifi equipment).

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