The Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday gave the WiGig ecosystem a boost with the roll out of its new certification program for products based on the 802.11ad standard.
Unlike existing Wi-Fi solutions that operate in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, WiGig uses wider channels in the less-congested 60 GHz airwaves to deliver ultra-low latency and speeds up to eight gigabits per second.
The Wi-Fi Alliance said WiGig technology provides several other benefits over traditional Wi-Fi, including increased power efficiency through the use of different operating modes for different devices; increased capacity through the use of features like beamforming; and better overall experience thanks to dynamic session transfer between 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz spectrum depending on the needs of the device and situation. The group said use cases for the technology include wireless docking, augmented and virtual reality, multimedia streaming, gaming and networking applications.
Wi-Fi Alliance Vice President of Marketing Kevin Robinson said the certification unveiled Monday – called Wi-Fi Certified WiGig – will ensure interoperability between solutions and a good user experience as well as increase customer confidence in new WiGig solutions. But continuing releases announcing more capabilities are coming down the pipe, he said.
According to Robinson, WiGig technology will help bridge the gap to provide “wired-grade” experiences for indoor and line-of-sight wireless applications as the world increasingly shifts to a mainly-mobile perspective.
“Mobile devices are really becoming users’ main technology,” Robinson said. “That’s where most people do most of their work and do most of their play. As we transition to mobile devices being main platform, consumers are demanding higher and higher performance. The Wi-Fi Certified WiGig program we’re launching will serve as a major inflection point and really drive mass adoption of the technology going into 2017 and beyond.”
Robinson said WiGig is expected to be adopted in a wide variety of devices, including smartphones, portable PCs, tablets, and access points, to home entertainment and consumer electronics. And consumers won’t have to wait long.
The first batch of Wi-Fi Certified WiGig products, which comprise the test bed for interoperability certification, are out. They include Dell’s Latitude E7450/70, Intel’s Tri-Band Wireless; Peraso’s 60GHz USB Adapter Reference Design Kit; Qualcomm Technologies’ 802.11ad Wi-Fi client and router solution based on the QCA9500 chipset; and Socionext’s 802.11ad Reference Adapter.
Robinson said WiGig can already be found in a number of laptops and predicted the technology will be included in smartphones and tablets within the next year. Marquee smartphones with WiGig will ship in volume in 2017, he said.
In August, ABI Research forecast WiGig chipset shipments will reach 1.5 billion by 2021. Almost half of those chipset shipments will be for smartphones, ABI said.
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