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Get ready for 7Gbps wireless networking

May 11, 2010, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"The Wireless Gigabit Alliance announced a specification it says will bump wireless networking speeds up to 7Gbps -- more than ten times faster than the highest 802.11n rate. The organization also announced it will collaborate with the WiFi Alliance, ensuring that future devices are backward-compatible with today's 802.11 products.

"According to the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WGA), the WiGig version 1.0 specification describes devices that will operate in the 60GHz band, far higher than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used by today's wireless networking products. Data transmission rates will be up to 7Gbps, more than ten times faster than the highest 802.11n rate, the group says.

"The WGA added that 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. WiGig 1.0 will also support "beamforming," said to enable robust communication at distances beyond 32 feet (10 meters)."

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