60GHz Channel Band to Enable Super Fast 7 Gbps Wi-Fi

On Monday, Marvell announced that it has teamed up with Wilocity to bring tri-band Wi-Fi solutions enabled with 802.11ad to the market. Wilocity will supply its 60 GHz multi-gigabit wireless technology, adding a third channel to the existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels supplied in Marvell's WiGig-compliant wireless silicon.

"Wilocity and Marvell's partnership will deliver highly mobile, thin, light platforms that do not sacrifice performance and functionality with the first truly wireless bus extension (WBE) -- eliminating the need for cables and freeing devices from physical size constraints," the duo stated. "When combined with Marvell's market-leading Avastar devices, the WiGig solution enables advanced applications like wireless docking, high-speed synch and low latency wireless connections to displays."

So what does this mean to the consumer? The 60 GHz band is the spectrum used by the 802.11ad Wi-Fi standard promises up to 7 Gbps in peak download speeds -- today's 5 GHz Wi-Fi can work as fast as 600 Mbps. With this kind of download speeds, constant buffering because someone is hogging all the wireless bandwidth by streaming movies should be a thing of the past.

"We are honored to be teaming with an industry leader like Marvell to accelerate the momentum of 60 GHz in the market," said Dror Meiri, vice president of business development for Wilocity. "Together we will continue to lead the way to set new standards in truly wireless and ultra high-speed wireless connectivity and display solutions."

"60 GHz wireless is an exciting in-room multi-gigabit Wi-Fi technology that enhances end users' wireless experience and has the potential to eliminate more wires from consumers' homes," said Sameer Bidichandani, senior director of technology strategy at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "We look forward to collaborating with Wilocity to deliver cutting-edge WiGig products to the market that maintain compatibility with hundreds of millions of existing Wi-Fi devices."

According to EE Times, Beam Networks and Peraso Technologies also said they will announce their 60 GHz chips within the next six to nine months. However currently OEMs are focused on moving away from 802.11n, and adopting 802.11ac which promises download speeds up to 1 Gbps on the 5 GHz band. That said, until OEMs begin to integrate 802.11ad technology, a market will need to be created in order to introduce the consumer market to the new high-speed standard.

"[Currently] the easiest way to get [60 GHz] to market is going into the [notebook] docking station because the PC maker can bundle [the dock]," said Mark Grodzinsky, vice president of marketing of Wilocity. "Users won’t spend more money on a high performance wireless upgrade [for notebooks] if there is nothing to connect to."

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  • fenix1186
    They are really slacking I see... 10/100/1000 Mbps... now 7000Mbps?? Slackers couldn't even get it up to 10Gbps before releasing it?
  • icepick314

    I haven't even started looking into 802.11ac and there's 802.11ad?

    now I'm not sure if i want to upgrade to 802.11ac knowing there's faster 802.11ad just right around the corner....
  • Thunderfox
    60ghz? Don't they already have range problems with 5ghz?
  • phamhlam
    2.4 Ghz can give me 200+ feet range
    5 Ghz gives me about 100+ feet range
    60 Ghz ---> 8ft??
    Can they start putting 10Gbps ports on routers now?
  • sync_nine
    phamhlam2.4 Ghz can give me 200+ feet range5 Ghz gives me about 100+ feet range60 Ghz ---> 8ft??Can they start putting 10Gbps ports on routers now?They will just have to deploy more repeaters to amplify the signal over longer ranges.
  • chazbeaver
    Guessing this would be more used for streaming HD content/transferring a lot of data to devices that are nearby, like between computers, phones, and TVs. Not so much for setting up a large wireless network for lots of people to connect to the internet.
  • PhoneyVirus
    Maybe they should let 802.11ac be in the market a little more then a few months before they talk about any new 802.11xx.
  • Uberragen21
    The way I see it, this would be best employed on very close devices or within a computer tower. Rather than connect a HDD with a SATA cable, you'll just attach the drive and it'll pickup the wifi signal. Something like this could be very interesting.
  • aicom
    80,211 AD :P
  • azgard
    The 802.11ac standard is useful as a general purpose wireless access medium, it is designed for decent range, bitrate, and multiple use support. This 802.11ad I see being useful for highly specialized situations that require high data bitrates and immunity to noise. When this come's out though that will be real interesting the applications of that kind of throughput with a P2P wireless link are awesome.