updated 08:05 am EDT, Thu November 1, 2012
Dell Latitude 6430u premieres new co-developed chipset
Wilocity, developer of 60 GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipsets, announced today that it is jointly providing tri-band wireless chipsets with Qualcomm Atheros, for Dell's first WiGig enabled Ultrabook for business, the Latitude 6430u. Dell announced the Latitude 6430u last week and demonstrated its multi-gigabit wireless docking and networking capabilities at the Windows 8 launch attended by Dell and Microsoft executives in New York City.
Dell's new Latitude 6430u Ultrabook, integrating the Tri-band chipset from Wilocity and Qualcomm-Atheros, will be among the very first devices to reach the market featuring WiGig technology (IEEE 802.11ad). WiGig technology represents a new step forward in the wireless mobile experience by allowing data transfer rates that theoretically can reach over 10 times faster than current Wi-Fi technologies. Wilocity and Qualcomm Atheros' Tri-band system allows Ultrabook users to connect to peripherals such as docks, displays and storage at multi-gigabit speeds, while maintaining standard Wi-Fi coverage throughout the enterprise.
The Dell Latitude 6430u incorporates Wilocity's implementation of the WiGig Wireless Bus Extension. When combined with a Dell WiGig-enabled docking station, which will also be powered by Wilocity, the Latitude 6430u will wirelessly connect with a wide range of devices, such as external graphics processing, storage, peripherals and expansion slots.
Dell and Wilocity were both founding members of the Wireless Gigabit Alliance and have worked for years to develop the base WiGig standard (IEEE 802.11ad) and Wireless Bus Extension technology.