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7Gbps Devices Should Ship by 2012 Says WiGig

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Is the era of stringing numerous cables nearly over?

Over the weekend VESA chairman and WiGig board member Bruce Montag said that the 7 Gbps WiGig standard for Wi-Fi should be ready in just over a year. That means prototypes based on the ultra wideband, 60 GHz technology should appear in 2011, followed by commercial devices for consumers in the first half of 2012.

"How it rolls out is still to be determined," Montag said in an interview with Trusted Reviews. "The capability is there for it to be applied across a broad range and a variety of factors determine which products come first, especially with [low power consumption meaning] no barriers to implementing it in one product category over another."

Montag also admitted that WiGig won't be heavily branded, as the market will still focus on WiFi Alliance-branded products. Instead, he expects to see the WiGig spec and the competing 802.11ad spec from the IEEE (Institute of Electronics Engineers) to be in sync with one another. "The end user will be buying a standard with [WiFi Alliance] logo and certification which ensures they will be interoperable - that is the key in partnering with the WiFi Alliance," he said.

According to Montag, WiGig enables wireless synchronization of phones, tablets and PCs at gigabit or greater speeds. It also handles audio and video at the same time, allowing consumers to ditch VGA, DVI and HDMI cables without any data compromises.

"No need for compression, no limit on the types of applications," he added. "The way to think of this is really multi-gig WiFi that can do wireless HDMI, but also does data... it's why there's such strong interest from member companies."

WiGig was also designed to be backwards compatible from the start, using the new 60 GHz spectrum while also broadcasting over 2, 4 and 5 GHz bands used by wireless a, b, g and n. It's also low-power complaint, allowing laptops and smartphones to use the gigabit technology.

"If you look at the capability of WiGig, it is [further] differentiated by its support of such wide range of devices, especially low power" he said. "Bandwidth, display [WiGig is HDCP compliant], audio and data. Really no other spec, technology or standard does this."

Members of the WiGig Alliance Membership include the newly-joined AMD, Dell, Nvidia, Samsung, Toshiba, Microsoft, Cisco, Nokia and more.

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    jomofro39 , November 9, 2010 7:06 PM
    Well, this is good news. Not unexpected, but good. Bring on innovation!
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    abswindows7 , November 9, 2010 7:08 PM
    Hello Cancer
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    Snipergod87 , November 9, 2010 7:12 PM
    And the range will be 3 feet?
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    andrewfy , November 9, 2010 7:35 PM
    There's a good analysis over at TheDailyCircuit. I like the gbps comparison between WiGig and the current-best 12x Blu-ray drive.
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    nick8191 , November 9, 2010 7:48 PM
    I wonder if they have a solution for the high frequency range problem... They do have a solution don't they?
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    hellwig , November 9, 2010 7:50 PM
    Snipergod87And the range will be 3 feet?

    Direct line of sight, maybe. Put a piece of paper in between and I doubt you'll get any reception. Heck, according to wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremely_high_frequency, even high-humidity can cause signal degradation.
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    ikefu , November 9, 2010 8:25 PM
    According to the wiki link, 60Ghz can be used up to 1.7km. Now obviously that is with a much much higher power output than a consumer product would have and probably with a directional antenna as well, but that does mean it could work for your house if they do it right.

    I am skeptical that they will do it right however.
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    azgard , November 9, 2010 9:01 PM
    It's Infrared, so its line of sight, cables won't be going anywhere this type of technology is going to be severely limited to specialized application's. Site to site wireless links come to mind.
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    znegval , November 9, 2010 9:38 PM
    hellwigDirect line of sight, maybe. Put a piece of paper in between and I doubt you'll get any reception. Heck, according to wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremely_high_frequency, even high-humidity can cause signal degradation.


    The article even states that a 60GHz frequency actually has problems with oxygen molecules. And we have a lot of those in our atmosphere.
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    Pyroflea , November 9, 2010 10:38 PM
    I wouldn't get too excited quite yet. I think jumping from 54mbps-150mbps (on average) to a whopping 7gbsp in the span of a year is a bit optimistic. There's some fine print they're leaving out.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 10, 2010 12:22 AM
    Amazing how long it took them to go from 802.11b to 802.11n and all the sudden, this!
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    Zerk , November 10, 2010 2:19 AM
    3 Feet! Really?

    What good is 5,000GBs with a range on 1 foot, LOL.

    Nah, Really?
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    chodaboy , November 10, 2010 5:05 AM
    It would really suck if my neighbor’s TV suddenly started showing my incredibly disgusting porn…
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    eddieroolz , November 10, 2010 6:50 AM
    Wireless is generally good but for something like TV cables I think I'd like wires.

    By the way, where's my wireless electricity? :) 
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    weatherdude , November 10, 2010 8:05 AM
    I continue to remain skeptical of wireless technology supplanting physical connections. Sure it's come a long way and is remarkably useful but I'm not too certain on how much more data we can pump into space without interference from countless other sources. Data intense applications like HD video signals will always be better with cables because they are reliable and offer more bandwidth.
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    Griffolion , November 10, 2010 8:29 AM
    Nothing makes me feel more like a man than securely plugging in an ethernet cable from my [device] to my switch/router.

    Wifi is for an absolute needs must situation in my mind (and women, since they get all moaney at how nasty cables look).
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    yardpup01 , November 10, 2010 5:19 PM
    IEEE = Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, btw.
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