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Ultrafast 7Gbps WiFi Wireless Networking Technology Set for Late 2012 Launch

Posted: 25th Oct, 2011 By: MarkJ
wi-fiwigig allianceThe Wireless Gigabit Alliance™ (WiGig) has this week moved another step closer to the launch of its new Wi-Fi (802.11) upgrade, which uses the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum to deliver wireless networking (WLAN) speeds of up to a staggering 7Gbps (Gigabits per second), by beginning its first ever PlugFest to "test the interoperability" of WiGig devices.

The move is an essential part of preparing WiGig networking kit for its transition from a detailed technology specification and into the first commercial products. WiGig extends the 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC) layer and is backward compatible with the IEEE 802.11 standard, although you will need supporting hardware in order to benefit and 60GHz limits it to shorter-range uses.

Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance President and Chairman, said:

"We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to the industry and our customers through the upcoming test event that sets the stage for an interoperable WiGig ecosystem.

At the inception of the WiGig Alliance back in 2009 we envisioned the realization of innovative and interoperable multi-Gigabit wireless connectivity among PCs, consumer electronics and hand-held devices. We are now close to making this a commercial reality."

The first WiGig compatible Wi-Fi products are "scheduled" for launch between late 2012 (Q4) and early 2013 (Q1), thus we still have approximately one year of waiting ahead.
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