The 7Gbit WiFi Poised to Change The World

November 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

The evolution of WiFi has been frustratingly slow, but a white knight is now on the horizon. My latest feature for TrustedReviews investigates ‘WiGig’, a stunning new standard which could stretch bandwidth to 7Gbit. A sample is below and – as ever – if you enjoy what you read… READ ON

 

The 7Gbit WiFi Poised to Change The World

 

Much like the paper which still dominates our so-called paperless offices, there remain a heck of a lot of cables in a supposedly wireless world. The problem is being wired has always been faster than going wireless, or it was…

Back in May the tech sector got itself hot and bothered about a truly next generation standard: ‘WiGig‘. The reason was simple, a fantasy-sounding WiFi technology (bandwidth of up to 7Gbit – 7,000Mbit) had suddenly become strikingly real after its technology gained the formal backing of the WiFi Alliance. This is the group which holds the global ‘WiFi’ trademark and controls the ‘WiFi Certified’ programme which has dominated every mainstream WiFi standard to date.

This week WiGig significantly strengthened its hand again by gaining the support of VESA (the Video Electronics Standards Association) to co-develop the wireless specification of DisplayPort using WiGig technology. On top of this WiGig chose to announce the finalisation of its application specs meaning the lock down of display interfaces and PC peripherals. It also added a new supporter in the shape of AMD, though this is no biggie when the likes of Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Nokia, Nvidia, NEC, Cisco and influential chipmakers Broadcom and Atheros are already on its board of directors. If the tech world was hot and bothered before, it is positively panting now.

Consequently we pulled up a virtual chair alongside WiGig (Wireless Gigabit) Alliance Board Member and Chairman of VESA, Bruce Montag who is also on the Senior Technical Staff at Dell (show-off). So if you’re wondering how close is WiGig to being market ready, what hurdles still lie ahead and is it all too good to be true then we have the answers.

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