WiGig Alliance publishes multi-gigabit wireless spec and launches adopter program

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadThe Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), the organization advancing the worldwide adoption and use of 60 GHz wireless technology, today announced the publication of its unified wireless specification and the opening of its Adopter Program. WiGig adopter members can now begin developing wireless products that use the unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum to deliver multi-gigabit-speed wireless communications.

The WiGig specification enables high performance wireless data, display and audio applications that supplement the capabilities of today’s wireless LAN devices. WiGig tri-band enabled devices, which operate in the 2.4, 5 and 60 GHz bands, will deliver data transfer rates up to 7 Gbps, more than 10 times faster than the highest 802.11n rate while maintaining compatibility with existing Wi-Fi devices. Additionally, the technology was designed to support a multitude of applications on both low power and high performance devices, including consumer electronics, PCs, handheld devices and home networking equipment. As a result, WiGig can create a global ecosystem of entertainment, computing and communications devices that work together seamlessly to connect people in the digital age.

“On behalf of the WiGig Alliance, I’m extremely proud to announce the publication of the industry’s first comprehensive multi-gigabit wireless specification,” said Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance president and chairman, int he press release. “WiGig can now provide the world’s leading innovators with a license to develop next-generation wireless products under royalty-free terms. With this announcement today, and with our new partnership with the Wi-Fi Alliance, we are one step closer to fulfilling our vision of a unified 60 GHz ecosystem. We welcome all companies to join with us as we continue to drive the industry forward.”

The WiGig Alliance continues to attract industry-leading technology companies to its roster. Cisco has joined the WiGig Alliance Board of Directors, and Harman International, Peraso Technologies and Samsung Electro-Mechanics have also joined WiGig as contributing members.

“Cisco sees 60 GHz technology as an important option in the evolution of wireless LANs in the enterprise, small business and home,” said Bob Friday, Director of Strategic Initiatives of Cisco’s Wireless Business Unit, in the press release. “The wireless arena is certainly one in which Cisco can contribute greatly, especially as networks and information access become increasingly borderless by nature.”

The WiGig Alliance was formed to establish a global ecosystem of high-speed and easy-to-use wireless devices that work together seamlessly to connect people in the digital age. WiGig technology enables multi‐gigabit‐speed wireless communications among consumer electronics, handheld devices and PCs, and fuels industry convergence to a single radio using the readily available, unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum. The organization brings together the world’s leading manufacturers of semiconductors, personal computers, consumer electronics and handheld devices.

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MacDailyNews Note: The Rob Enderle quote from WiGig Alliance’s press release was omitted from our post because he’s a moron.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dow C.” for the heads up.]


  1. I still don’t see why we don’t force those fucking greedy ISP’s to step up their game.

    At least these guys don’t need prodding, but Its nearly useless when/if the Internet is slow. Half the advantage is gone 🙁

  2. this is no big deal. 60 GHz is only good for very short range communication in air due to water absorption. Path losses are very high, this is why it is unlicensed. It is virtually impossible to interfere with anybody, even somebody in the next room. Spacecraft use 60 GHz cross links for ranges up to 40,000 miles (geo to geo) as there is no water to cause problems and nobody on the ground can snoop.

    MDN’s excerpt doesn’t include the note about “beam forming” (aka phased array) technology needed to make it work up to 10 meters. This won’t be a cheap solution and it won’t have wide applicability.

    Cue the MPAA. They ought to be screeching about now because a wideband link like this one could be used to beam wideband video to a projector in a home theatre. Once the HD signal is radiated, it can be snooped. This amounts to another “analog hole” issue.

    – gws

  3. @Dinjin201

    You can blame a large amount of that slowness on PCs with viruses, worms and trojan horses flooding the net with there crap and the billions of sickly sweet PowerPoint shows of beautiful photos with excrutiatingly banal messages of misplaced hope.

  4. MacDailyNews Note: The Rob Enderle quote from WiGig Alliance’s press release was omitted from our post because he’s a maroon.

    There, fix it for you MDN.

    In the interest of our cultural concatenation.

  5. To restate Dinjin201’s point more intelligently:

    I’m waiting for my ISP to bump up against the limits of my current 54 Mbps 802.11G gear, let alone 802.11N, before I ever start thinking about WiGig.

    And cptnkirk – all that slowness has to do with infected PCs. Most of it is limited hardware and marketing and money driven decisions by the ISPs. Traffic is traffic, regardless of the kind.

  6. all that slowness has to do with infected PCs

    should have been

    all that slowness has little to do with infected PCs

    I apologize for the inconvenience.

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