Published on mayo 10th, 2010 | by GAby Menta0
Super-fast WiFi will Revolutionize Digital Homes – what's Apple's plan…?
Wireless Gigabit will be fast, it will be big, and version 1 of the new high-speed WiFi spec was introduced this morning. It promises a world without wires for any device.
Announced this weekend by the WiFi Alliance, the next-gen WiFi standard may make wires obsolete in your Mac and on your TV. The under development new standard transmits data at ten times the speed of today’s best wireless networks, though at a more limited range – will Apple’s digital home plans mean the company comes along on this ride?
The Wi-Fi Alliance will be lobbying members and wireless networking equipment manufacturers such as Linksys or D-Link to build WiGig support into their products.
You can look forward to speeds of 7 gigabits per second – so high-def video won’t be a problem, nor will it be a problem transferring larger image or video files. The WiFi Alliance seems to see WiGig as a potential future replacement for optical audio or wired HDMI connections.
“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,” the company says.
The organization warns us to expect a minimum two years before these products reach market. It also claims to have all the WiFi chip manufacturers aboard.
Just one more thing: Recall 1999 and the launch of the original iBook and Apple’s then introduction of a fantastic new standard for wireless connectivity called AirPort? Recall Apple’s move to introduce ‘n’-enabled WiFi products prior to that standard’s ratification? You should, Apple’s traditionally always ahead on new WiFi standards.
Perhaps that’s why WiGig Alliance Chairman and President Ali Sadri is so pleased with Apple, calling the company “an innovator in driving new technology uptake”, but not making any comment on the company’s involvement, or otherwise.
The prize? “Consumers place strong value on rapid and transparent interaction among the growing number of CE devices they rely on in their day-to-day lives,” said Dennis Lo, CTO of Ralink Technology. “The 60 GHz specification from the Wireless Gigabit Alliance is a key factor in unlocking a truly converged digital media ecosystem and will help drive continued industry growth and revenue.”
WiGig runs on the 60 GHz spectrum and can be made compatible with existing WiFi devices.