Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig™: Wi-Fi® expands to 60 GHz (2016)

The widespread availability and use of digital multimedia content have led to the need for con-tinuous innovations in wireless connectivity. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig™ devices offer a solution to growing Wi-Fi demands, adding more Wi-Fi capacity that specializes in handling the demanding needs of multimedia content and other bandwidth intensive applications.

Demand for faster speeds, higher capacity, and lower latency are the driving forces behind many Wi-Fi technologies entering the market. From the individual live streaming a video onto their tablet to the hotel providing internet service to guests, the need to wirelessly connect increases drastically year to year. Some applications, like virtual reality, require the ability to process massive amounts of data very quickly to provide a first-rate user experience. As Wi-Fi usage grows, the industry remains proactive in making advancements to meet expanding needs.

In mid-2016, Wi-Fi Alliance® announced enhancements to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac program, providing data rates up to 4.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) using the 5 gigahertz (GHz) unlicensed spectrum. To complement the enhancements to Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac, Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig to accelerate the commercial availability of WiGig® devices. Operating in the less crowded 60 GHz frequency band, WiGig enables extremely high performance, multi-gigabit connectivity and low latency for a range of applications, including wireless docking, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), multimedia streaming, gaming, and networking.