Sales of WiGig Chips to Boom
Faultline reports that ABI Research predicts that 60GHz device
shipments will exceed 1 billion units by 2017, mostly based on
WiGig (Wireless Gigabit). It said that the tying up of the
WiGig Alliance with the Wi-Fi Alliance, coupled with the soon
to be ratified 802.11ad standard will encourage more Wi-Fi
chipmakers to offer 60 GHz.
WiGig enables devices to communicate wirelessly at very high
speeds — up to 7 Gbps — at short ranges such as within a room.
It’s intended for applications such as streaming from a Blu-
ray player to a nearby TV set — at about ten times the fastest
Faultline said ABI might be a tad early. The partnership
between Wi-Gig vendor Wilocity and Wi-Fi vendor Qualcomm
Atheros may well stimulate the market, but so far it is on its
own. ABI says that that will all change with ultrabooks and
that post-2015, the power requirements will be low enough for