Wi-Fi Alliance unveils certification for 802.11ad Wi-Fi equipment

New 802.11ad or Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig standard brings multi-gigabit throughput to Wi-Fi networking and device-to device applications in the 60 GHz band

Wi-Fi Alliance unveils certification for 802.11ad Wi-Fi equipment

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced the availability of its certification process for products based on the 802.11ad standard, known as Wi-Fi CERTIFED WiGig, today (25 October 2016). The 802.11ad standard provides the multi-vendor interoperability needed to proliferate WiGig devices.

WiGig operates in 60 GHz spectrum, which is less congested and complements existing Wi-Fi operating in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, to enable multi-gigabit performance for a range of applications such as wireless docking, augmented reality/virtual reality, multimedia streaming, gaming, and networking applications.

WiGig uses wider channels in 60 GHz to transmit data efficiently at multi-gigabit per second speeds and with low latency at distances of up to ten meters. WiGig devices use beamforming to focus a directed signal between devices, to eliminate interference from nearby devices and to enable high performance even in dense 60GHz environments.

Wider channels enable WiGig devices to achieve data rates of up to 8 Gbps, allowing users to download an HD movie in a few seconds. This level of performance is critical to delivering a wired-grade experience for a variety of in-room and outdoor line-of-sight scenarios.

Speaking to Wireless just before the launch, Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, said: ‘Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig products will deliver 8 Gbps performance, which is the fastest wireless broadband experience people have had and it is very low latency too.

‘We’ve been working on 802.11ad for a number of years to standardised it and ensure interoperability between vendors. There will likely be a range of new applications that this technology will enable. A typical performance will provide a 5 Gb file in 12 seconds.’

Figueroa said that WiGig will reach laptops and other devices in 2017, but it is unlikely to be penetrating the mobile handset market until 2018.

‘Wi-Fi Alliance certification has a strong history of accelerating broad technology adoption across the industry, and we expect 2017 to be a breakout year for WiGig on the heels of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED program availability,’ said Phil Solis, Research Director, ABI Research.

‘The ecosystem for WiGig spans the mobile, PC, and consumer electronics industries across the consumer, enterprise, and service provider markets. Devices will leverage the brand and ubiquity of Wi-Fi for continued momentum across these industries.’

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig is being offered as a strong complement to the existing Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac for 802.11ac Wi-Fi products. WiGig delivers benefits for existing networks, and enables a diverse range of new wireless experiences, including scenarios envisioned for 5G.

Multi-band Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products supporting 2.4, 5, and 60 GHz allow handoff between frequency bands, selecting the most appropriate band and data rate for the application and surrounding environmental conditions. WiGig devices will range from smartphones, portable PCs, tablets, and access points, to home entertainment and consumer electronics.

Figueroa explained: ‘This ability to enable session transfer between 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz allows users to maintain sessions. This capability is native to 802.11ad, but it is not something you will see immediately in products, but it is within the technology’s capability. We expect that multi-band devices will be popular straight way, however.’

ABI Research forecasts 180 million WiGig chipsets will ship to the smartphone market in 2017, with smartphone chipsets accounting for almost half of the 1.5 billion total market shipments in 2021. As part of the Wi-Fi ecosystem, WiGig delivers the highest level of security, and multi-band devices will interoperate with more than eight billion deployed Wi-Fi products.

‘Wi-Fi has delighted users for more than 15 years, and WiGig now gives users even higher performance in a rich variety of applications unleashing an unparalleled Wi-Fi experience,’ said Figueroa. ‘WiGig further expands the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED portfolio into 60 GHz, and will augment existing and developing Wi-Fi programs and technologies.’

The first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig products which comprise the test bed for interoperability certification are:

• Dell Latitude E7450/70
• Intel Tri-Band Wireless
• Peraso 60GHz USB Adapter Reference Design Kit
• Qualcomm Technologies 802.11ad Wi-Fi client and router solution (based on the QCA9500 chipset)
• Socionext 802.11ad Reference Adapter.

For more information, please visit: http://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-certified-wigig

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of Wi-Fi equipment and solution vendors. Since 2000, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, industry-standard security protections, and the latest technology. Wi-Fi Alliance has certified more than 30,000 products so far.


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