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Multi-gigabit wireless draws near

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance has published a new specification for a high speed Wi-Fi network operating in the 60GHz region.

The version 1.1 of the standard addresses a number of issues with the initial draft of the super speed wireless technology which is capable of data rates from three to seven gigabits/second.

"We are marching toward enabling the fastest wireless technology for practical applications such as Wireless Docking, Wireless Display and Wireless Networking," said WiGig Alliance boss Dr. Ali Sadri.

As opposed to current 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi, the 60GHz super speed Wi-Fi is a short range standard that is designed to operate in the same room by beaming the signals in the needed direction via an array of 32 smart antennas.

One expected use is to deliver HDMI and DisplayPort video via short wireless connections. With chipmakers having already produced silicon capable of the multi-gigabit speeds, serious product development is expected to begin next year.

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