IEEE approves WiGig

Latest specs add compatibility with 2.4GHz, 5GHz devices

The WiGig (802.11ad) wireless standard has moved one step closer to reality after getting the ok from the IEEE standards association. The WiGig standard operates over the 60GHz frequency, allowing it to operate at speeds of up to 7Gbps versus current generation 802.11n Wi-Fi, which offers up to 450Mbps--based on current devices. 

It's power efficiency also means that it consumes far less power than 802.11ac at the same data rate. The downside though, is that WiGig has a much shorter range of just 40 feet, though proponents argue that this is perfect for devices such as wireless docking stations. It was previously reported that WiGig could theoretically integrate with existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.

Indeed, the latest version of WiGig that was approved by the IEEE offers a new "Fast Session Transfer" feature, according to PC World. This essentially allows "seamless and quick switching" between WiGig devices and "legacy technologies" that operate in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. In addition, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) has also demonstrated a 7Gbps wireless docking station at the Intel Developers Forum held in September 2012.

On the other hand, the chairman of the WiGig Alliance's marketing group was quoted in 2011 as saying that he expected to see a product ramp up in the middle of 2012, with an "explosion" of products in 2013. For now, IT executives and managers may want to adopt a wait-and-see protocol until devices actually materialize.

For more:
- check out this article at PC World

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