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IEEE adopts WiGig (802.11ad) capable of 7Gbps wireless speeds

7Gbps wireless will be with us in the near future as the IEEE have adopted WiGig, or 802.11ag

By Anthony Garreffa on Jan 15, 2013 11:28 pm CST - 1 min, 12 secs reading time

Wireless is a funny thing, it pretty much controls most people's everyday lives, and because it is mostly invisible, there's never an afterthought. If it 'just works', then that's fine. Well, a new wireless standard is on its way as the IEEE have adopted a new standards known as 802.11ad.

IEEE adopts WiGig (802.11ad) capable of 7Gbps wireless speeds |

802.11ad will boast some incredible speeds of 7Gbps over 60GHz frequencies and should be baked into consumer devices as soon as 2014. The consumer-friendly marketing name that will find its way plastered all over 802.11ag is going to be WiGig. WiGig won't be replacing your wireless network, it will be complimenting it.

The hopes of the new technology will be that it'll provide an insanely fast, direct link between devices. The reason behind this is because of the 60GHz frequency it finds itself surfing along. As higher radio frequencies are used, they aren't so good at penetrating solid objects like walls, fridges, desks and more. High frequencies are really only good at shorter ranges, so WiGig will have its place in the market, but not where you'd like it to be.

802.11ad already has some partners, with Dell's upcoming Latitude 6430u Ultrabook sporting the new wireless technology. Marvell, Qualcomm and Atheros are also all working on chip implementations, which will see both 802.11ac and 802.11ad technologies crammed into the single module. This will give those devices with these chips baked in access to simultaneous use of 2.4-5GHz and 60GHz bands.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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