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Intel works with Qualcomm to create 802.11ad WiGig Ecosystem

by David Ross on 3 February 2016, 09:31

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), TP-LINK

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In a jointly penned blog post Intel and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration in making 802.11ad (WiGig) into a mainstream technology. It is said that 802.11ad represents an significant step in the evolution of Wi-Fi, "enabling new user capabilities such as wire-equivalent docking and high-quality, low-latency video streaming, multimedia kiosks, while bringing an increase in network capacity". Furthermore deployment in popular devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, access points, storage devices, wireless displays, untethered VR glasses is promised.

Intel and Qualcomm 802.11ad WiGig solutions have been demonstrated to be interoperable and now industry development can forge ahead to implement the standard in devices. The attractive qualities of the communication standard, as outlined above, are backed up by raw transfer speeds of up to 4.6Gbps. (which is less than a tenth of the wireless speed record announced by Fujitsu on Monday). The new standard clearly beats 802.11ac Wi-Fi and its 1.3Gbps headline speed, and is 10 times faster than 802.11n.

This latest wireless transmission standard brings "the vast, new spectrum in 60 GHz band to Wi-Fi's fold". So an 802.11ad device will support 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 60GHz Wi-Fi networking. Faster transfers, greater network capacity and lower latency result. However the 60GHz band, while offering the most potent speeds within the standard, also has the shortest range and poorest penetration, thus the talk about it being used for various short-range but very fast connection use-cases such as 'wireless docking'.

802.11ad WiGig has been subject to intensive testing over the last few months by teams of Qualcomm Atheros and Intel engineers. Use cases such as peer-to-peer connections between Intel and Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ad WiGig based clients including device discovery, uploads, downloads and streaming tests have sought to assess real-world performance. It is reported that multi-gigabit real data throughput between these devices was indeed achieved.

TP-Link introduced the world's first 802.11ad WiGig router, the Talon AD7200 (above), at the CES last month.

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Imagine a Cordless future… Using WiGig to replace your display cable, keyboard and mouse cables and even your speakers!
It is a long way off the replacing the latest USB 3.1 type C, DP or HDMI cable for 4K use. HDMI 1.3 transfers data at up to 10.2 Gbps over single-link, HDMI 1.4 the same, HDMI 2 is 18Gbps and , and can even go as high as 26 Gbps, Display port 1.3 is up to 32.4Gbps and the latest Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 type C is all the way up to 40 Gbps. Also, HDMI 2.0 has enough bandwidth, at 18 Gbps, to support the delivery of two different high bit-rate 1080P video streams with audio, coming from a single source such as a cable TV box, to the same screen for dual view (3d, 2x separate programs at the same time, et cetera).
The other advantage of HDMI and USB 3.1 type C is that they transmit more than just a video signal, power would be little hard at the moment to transmit over wifi.
But for general household tasks, and for most PC accessories it could be a noticeable improvement.
Remembering that the 60GHz band is not going to get very far.
Plus there is no mention of the speeds related to each band, so if the 60GHz is required for the increase in speed, you will need to be close to take full advantage.
Imagine a Cordless future… Using WiGig to replace your display cable, keyboard and mouse cables and even your speakers!

Other than the power cords connecting everything :P
Other than the power cords connecting everything :P

Other than that XD