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WiGig: wireless connectivity at incredible speeds

Nov 6, 2014

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At our recent Connectivity Workshop, we demonstrated some exciting new technology that’s going to revolutionize your home wireless network. One of these is multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, or simply: WiGig.

We showed off the power of our next-generation QCA9500 chipsets by streaming 4K video from a WiGig-enabled tablet featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor to a 4K display at 1.7Gbps with plenty of bandwidth to spare. That’s because WiGig is designed to deliver multi-gigabit wireless speeds—currently up to 4.6 Gbps. There’s no wait and no delay, even if multiple users or devices are streaming over the channel.

Traditional Wi-Fi networks send and receive data over the 2.4- and 5-gigahertz (GHz) frequency bands, while WiGig operates on the virtually un-used 60 GHz band. The two main differences between Wi-Fi and WiGig are speed and range. Wi-Fi is still perfect for delivering wireless connectivity throughout your entire home. Where WiGig shines is in living rooms, home theaters, and workplace conference rooms—anywhere you need ultra-fast, high-capacity connectivity.

Over WiGig you’ll be able to upload 1000 pictures in just five seconds, or download an entire feature-length movie in only three minutes. Imagine a completely wireless desktop or entertainment center without cables or connectors between displays, printers, speakers, storage devices and other peripherals. Or add an ultra-fast zone in the living room so that you’ll never experience that annoying buffering lag with streamed content again. Suffice it to say, it was pretty incredible to see all this running on live machines during the event.