Wi-Fi Alliance starts certification of WiGig2016-10-25 15:51 by Daniela
Tags: Wi-Fi, WiGig, 802.11ad
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the start of a certification program that could speed up the arrival of networking devices next year supporting WiGig on the less congested 60 GHz band.
WiGig, also known as Wi-Fi 802.11ad, uses a new radio using wi-fi technology. It transmits traffic across a much higher frequency band than wi-fi, allowing it to move considerably more traffic: the 60 GHz range. Using beamforming, it can yield speeds of up to 8 Gbps, or nearly 1GB per second from a distance of up to 10 meters.
The practical applications for WiGig include fast, local file transfers, the ability to stream bandwidth-heavy video from a mobile screen to a larger display, and the ability to support virtual and augmented reality headsets.
As many as 180 million devices using the standard, like routers, laptops and smartphones will arrive by the end of next year.
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