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WiFi Alliance, WiGig Alliance unify 60GHz sol'ns

Posted: 07 Jan 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi fi  WiGig  Wireless Gigabit 

The WiFi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance are unifying their operations on 60GHz solutions by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Both groups have been working together on a certification programme for 60GHz WiFi over the last two years.

"[60GHz WiFi] is an exciting technology, and has been an important highlight of our certification roadmap for some time, so we are delighted to take this step," said WiFi Alliance president and chief executive Edgar Figueroa.

"Combining the expertise of WiFi Alliance and WiGig Alliance will deliver a terrific user experience with 60GHz solutions, and will help ensure that a full range of interoperable WiGig solutions reaches the market as quickly as possible."

The WiGig Alliance was originally formed with the intention of creating a unified specification for a 60GHz wireless frequency. WiGig's specification would allow for up to 7Gbit/s of throughput from devices that lived up to the group's frequency specifications.

Over the past two years the group has been working with the WiFi Alliance, a group that certifies WiFi devices for interoperability, in an attempt to make sure multi-gigabit products would be compatible with existing WiFi technology.

"We set out four years ago with the simple goal of realising a global wireless ecosystem of interoperable, high-performance devices that would operate seamlessly," said president and chairman of the WiGig Alliance, Ali Sadri.

"In that time there have been many challenges to overcome but we have now created a market that simply did not previously exist. Consolidating activities with the WiFi Alliance at this juncture will ensure WiGig's mainstream success to the benefit of technology users everywhere."

Working together the groups expect to unveil the first 60GHz certified device late this year. The two groups also expect their unification to be finalized by mid-2013.

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