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Next Gen 1Gbit & 7Gbit WiFi Standards Go Head to Head

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Next Gen 1Gbit & 7Gbit WiFi Standards Go Head to Head

It took wireless n (802.11n) far too long to get its act together, but a battle is already breaking out for its successor which looks far more interesting...

Both the IEEE, founder of 802.11b and g), and new kid on the block WiGig this week announced significant developments to their proposed next gen WiFi technologies.

Taking the sensible route is the IEEE, which has confirmed '802.11ac' has started the voting process and could offer speeds of up to one gigabit per second. In the other corner is WiGig which has announced its self titled wireless standard is now complete and will perform at a potential seven gigabits per second - more than 10x the best wireless n configuration. Both will be backwards compatible with existing wireless standards.

Who will win out is far from just a question of speed however. WiGig has seen Nvidia joins its cause to line up alongside AMD, SK Telecom and TMC, but IEEE has had virtually everyone in its back pocket for many years now.

A 2012 timeframe has been put on 802.11ac (so hopefully we'll start getting consumer 'Draft' editions in late 2010/early 2011), while availability for WiGig remains unknown. Given the drag of wireless n and the obvious speed benefits of WiGig though it might be nice to see a young upstart win through this time around...

Links:

WiGig Press Release

802.11ac via ars technica

ilovethemonkeyhead

December 11, 2009, 11:02 am

come on WiGig! be ready now.

Moggy58

December 11, 2009, 11:34 am

Nothing like a bit of competition to speed things up. ;-)

Stewart

December 11, 2009, 5:01 pm

Looks like the way IEEE handled 802.11n is coming back to haunt them.

Den

December 11, 2009, 7:08 pm

WiGig only has a range of 10 meters, so apart from wireless TV, it's pretty useless for most peoples needs.

xenos

December 12, 2009, 12:16 am

"A 2012 timeframe has been put on 802.11ac (so hopefully we'll start getting consumer 'Draft' editions in late 2010/early 2011)"





I hope there aren't ANY draft versions released to consumers, the current state of draftN and finalN devices is a mess. Interoperability isn't guaranteed on draft devices between manufacturers and will draft devices talk to final ones? Can they be updated to do so?





Better to wait and just release the final standard in my opinion..

Jay4d0

December 12, 2009, 11:22 pm

@xenos: I agree zero draft versions please, it is possible to upgrade draft n to final n but it's easier if it's just a final version full stop without the silly drafts

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