WiGig: Tech’s Most Exciting Wireless Technology?

July 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Will this ingenious new wireless technology get the industry adoption it so richly deserves? I interview WiGig’s Group Chair Mark Grodzinsky for TrustedReviews to find out more…

The Exciting Potential of WiGig

  • By Gordon Kelly
  • 30 June 2011
Wireless USBWireless HDMI,AirPlayWiDiWiHD. Chances are you have heard of some of these, chances are some are unfamiliar. The fact there are so many high speed wireless standards is a fundamental problem, but it is also symptomatic of the appeal in being the one to get this technology right. Now there is a new frontrunner to succeed where so others are struggling…It is called WiGig and on Tuesday the WiGig Alliance announced the publication of its certification-ready specification. In other words: the process for partners to build WiGig products and ensure they are fully interoperable with existing standards is nearly there. This is crucial for manufacturers so they can quickly and easily adapt new and existing products for WiGig.   Will this ingenious new wireless technology get the industry adoption it so richly deserves?


“We’re getting beyond the technology development, specification writing and industry alignment phase,” explained WiGig Alliance Marketing Work Group Chair Mark Grodzinsky. “We are at the real product development, interoperability and deployment phase. Where WiGig is now more mature than Draft N wireless when it was certified [and products started to appear on shop shelves].”

More remarkable is WiGig has gotten to this stage in little more than two years (802.11n WiFi ratification took seven years) and at just version 1.1. In passing its latest IEEE vote it attained 93 per cent of the vote. Meanwhile the WiGig Alliance membership roster reads like a who’s who of the technology sector. Intel, Dell, VESA, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Nvidia, AMD, Texas Instruments, Atheros, Marvell, Realtek and Broadcom are just some of the companies attached. The Alliance itself was only formed in May 2009.

So what has gotten everyone so excited? In short: speed, flexibility and compatibility. READ ON

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