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Wi-Fi, WiGig Alliances Team on Multigigabit Certification

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance announced Monday a cooperation agreement for a new class of tri-band Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices offering multigigabit wireless speeds.

Specifically the two groups will share technology specifications for the development of a next-generation Wi-Fi Alliance certification program supporting Wi-Fi operation in the 60GHz frequency band. Device connectivity in the 60GHz band will complement the current family of Wi-Fi technologies and will be targeted primarily for applications that require gigabit speeds.

The WiGig Alliance, which shares many member companies in common with the Wi-Fi Alliance, was formed to unify the next generation of multigigabit wireless products by encouraging the adoption and widespread use of 60GHz wireless technology worldwide.

The WiGig specification defines protocols to deliver data transfer rates measured in gigabits rather than megabits and supports a new range of applications and usages. The specification also defines procedures to enable WiGig compliant devices to hand over sessions to operate in the 2.4 or 5GHz band.

“Now that our specification is complete and published, it’s time to set our sights on driving a great user experience through interoperability and certification,” said Dr. Ali Sadri, president and chairman of the WiGig Alliance. “We are happy to work with the Wi-Fi Alliance to extend multi-gigabit capabilities to the Wi-Fi technology portfolio.”

The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED program was launched in March 2000. It provides a designation of interoperability and quality, and it helps to ensure that Wi-Fi enabled products deliver the best user experience. The Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 7,000 product certifications to date.

“There is no question that this agreement will enable 60 GHz technology to form an important part of the high-performance future for wireless networking,” said Phil Solis, practice director for Wireless Connectivity at ABI Research. “By cooperating, the groups have set a course for interoperability and backward compatibility that will accelerate the adoption and usefulness of multigigabit wireless networking.”


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