Obstacles and Availability

We aren't entirely out of the woods though, WirelessHD (also known as WiHD) - while yet to gain significant traction - is making a push as the future of wireless HDMI even if it is engaged in its own battle for that crown with Intel's WiDi. There is also Intel Light Peak on the horizon, but with Intel on the WiGig board of directors these two could also be holding hands and stealing kisses behind the bike shed.

So what of real world availability? "How it rolls out is still to be determined," cautioned Montag. "The capability is there for it to be applied across a broad range and a variety of factors determine which products come first, especially with {low power consumption meaning} no barriers to implementing it in one product category over another." When we pushed for a date Montag revealed "the first half of 2012" has been targeted for retail products. Specifications for these products will appear in early 2011 and we should be seeing the first prototypes around then too.

If there is a downside to WiGig it is that it offers no significant increase in range compared to existing wireless standards. That said with far greater bandwidth on tap you'll be able to get away with far weaker signal than you do today.

"WiGig enables the synchronisation of phones, tablets and PCs at gigabit or greater speeds wirelessly," concluded Montag. "At the same time it handles A/V, rather than stringing together VGA, DVI or HDMI you can do everything with WiGig without any data compromises. No need for compression, no limit on the types of applications. The way to think of this is really multi-gig WiFi that can do wireless HDMI, but also does data... it's why there's such strong interest from member companies."

It is also why there's such strong interest from the entire tech community. So come 2012 could we really be ready to throw away our cables? Not until wireless charging I'm afraid, but we once more find ourselves with a familiar longing: the future can't come soon enough...

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