WiGig completes multi-gigabit wireless specification

Back in May, the WiGig Alliance, consisting of Microsoft, LG, Dell, Samsung, Intel, Broadcom, among other prominent forces in the industry, aimed to take advantage of unlicensed 60GHz waves and push Wi-Fi to a whole new level. Today, they are one step closer to bringing this technology to the masses. The new standard, which is officially complete, will be approximately ten times the speed of current offerings, yet still be fully backwards compatible with today's Wi-Fi technologies.

WiGig will usher in a new era of multi-gigabit communication. Speeds are expected to be as fast as 7Gbps, making the standard ideal for HD streaming between devices. The specs include support for data buses for PC peripherals, and display interfaces for HTDVs, monitors, and projectors. With such technology, you could easily stream a video in full 1080p from your PC to TV over your home's wireless network.

Here are the finished WiGig v1.0 specs:

- Supports data transmission rates up to 7 Gbps – more than ten times faster than the highest 802.11n rate
- Supplements and extends the 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC) layer and is backward compatible with the IEEE 802.11 standard
- Physical layer enables both the low power and the high performance WiGig devices, guaranteeing interoperability and communication at gigabit rates
- Protocol adaptation layers are being developed to support specific system interfaces including data buses for PC peripherals and display interfaces for HDTVs, monitors and projectors
- Support for beamforming, enabling robust communication at distances beyond 10 meters
- Widely used advanced security and power management for WiGig devices

President and Chairman of the WiGig Alliance, Dr. Ali Sadri, sees WiGig as the future of connectivity for all devices. "We're rapidly paving the way for the introduction of the next generation of high‐performance wireless products – PCs, mobile handsets, TVs and displays, Blu‐ray disc players, digital cameras and many more."

As WiGig moves forward with the creation of next-gen wireless devices, NVIDIA, AMD, SK Telcom, and TMC have decided to hop onto the bandwagon, further strengthening the Alliance and its overall scope of influence. The finalized specs are to be delivered to Alliance members in the first quarter of 2010. Devices that support the new standard are not expected until, at least, mid-2011.

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