WiGig Alliance to push for fast wireless streaming

The group, with Intel and Microsoft's backing, wants to use unlicensed 60GHz spectrum for in-room applications

A group that includes Intel, Microsoft, Nokia and Panasonic plans to introduce a specification for short-range, gigabit-speed wireless networking by the end of this year.

The WiGig Alliance is developing a specification for using unlicensed 60GHz radio spectrum within a typical room, a WiGig representative confirmed on Wednesday. The group is set to announce the initiative on Thursday.

The technology could be used for a wide range of applications, including data transfers, entertainment and docking.

It would complement Wi-Fi while eliminating many of the cables currently used to connect home consumer electronics products.

The WiGig Alliance hopes to create an ecosystem of products that have low power consumption and are easy to use.

This area has been flooded with new technologies in recent years, including UWB (Ultrawideband), WirelessHD, and WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface), but none has really taken hold.

The advent of HDTV, as well as Web-based streaming multimedia and increasing file sizes for digital photos and other content, is likely to drive demand for higher bandwidth for certain tasks than Wi-Fi can now deliver.

WiGig's powerful backers could give it the momentum to gain wider adoption. Chip makers Atheros, Broadcom, Marvell and MediaTek are on the group's board of directors, in addition to Intel.

Dell, LG Electronics, Samsung and NEC also are on the board, along with a wireless Israeli startup called Wilocity. Contributing members include NXP, Realtek, STMicroelectronics and Tensorcom.

The group expects its specification to be available to member companies in the fourth quarter of this year.

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