updated 09:40 am EDT, Mon May 10, 2010
WiGig publishes spec, takes partners
The WiGig Alliance today published early specs for its namesake format that hinted at a major leap for wireless networking. The short-range technology will work at up to 7Gbps, or more than 10 times faster than 802.11n Wi-Fi. It will also be backwards compatible and should run on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands in addition to the 60GHz needed for full speed.
The spec launch comes in tandem with a new adopter program that will let companies join and start developing hardware for WiGig. The company's board has also recently brought on Cisco on its board of directors as well as Harman, Peraso and Samsung as contributors. AMD, Intel, LG, Microsoft and NVIDIA are among the existing members.
Shipping WiGig products don't yet have a timetable but could be ready as soon as the end of the year.