WiGig: Multi-gigabit Wireless Standard

Nov 02 2016

The WiFi Alliance has announced certified "WiGig," devices. A high-speed standard that uses beamforming to yield speeds of up to 8 Gbps, or nearly 1GB per second from a distance of up to 10 meters.

WiGig operates in 60 GHz spectrum, which is less congested and complements existing Wi-Fi operating in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Manufacturers can implement "handoff" technology so that your phone and router will automatically switch to 2.4 or 5 GHz WiFi if you leave the room, for instance. Samsung, among others, has already released uncertified WiGig devices.

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+ ABI Research forecasts 180 million WiGig chipsets will ship to the smartphone market in 2017, with smartphone chipsets accounting for almost half of the 1.5 billion total market shipments in 2021.

+ Also known as the 802.11ad standard

+ There is a battery-saving mobile mode that maxes out at 2.5Gbps

Additional Coverage

- http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/24/13384736/wigig-wifi-certification-faster-speeds-coming-2017

- https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/25/wigig-802-11ad-wifi-standard-certified/

- https://www.cnet.com/news/wigig-60ghz-high-speed-wireless-networks-vr-intel-qualcomm/

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