AUSTIN, Texas��WiGig,� or 802.11ad Wi-Fi, will support data rates of up to 4.6 gigabits per second, according to Qualcomm and Intel. The two chipmakers said they have demonstrated interoperability between their respective solutions, laying the groundwork for an 802.11ad ecosystem. Both companies also indicate that 802.11ad will enable high-speed cellular offload and tri-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz) Wi-Fi networking, reportsrcrwireless.com.
WiGig was developed by the WiGig Alliance consortium, which became part of the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2013. The Wi-Fi Alliance now certifies WiGig devices.
WiGig could become increasingly important to Wi-Fi access point makers as they will not have to share the 60 GHz band with cellular. �The 5 GHz band used by 802.11ac is turning into something of a battleground as mobile operators experiment with LTE in this unlicensed spectrum,� according to the same article. The FCC recentlycleared Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm to conduct field tests of LTE in unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U).
The first 802.11ad router was introduced this year at CES. �Made by TP-Link, theTalon AD7200also supports older, slower Wi-Fi protocols so devices can fall back to the more prevalent Wi-Fi protocols if WiGig is not available.