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Wireless groups join forces for 60GHz Wi-Fi certification

04 Jan 2013
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The WiFi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance have signed an agreement to unify their operations under one banner.

The groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see the WiGig Alliance combine itself with the WiFi Alliance. Both groups have been working together on a certification programme for 60 GHz Wi-Fi over the past two years.

"[Sixty GHz Wi-Fi] is an exciting technology, and has been an important highlight of our certification roadmap for some time, so we are delighted to take this step," said WiFi Alliance chief executive Edgar Figueroa.

"Combining the expertise of WiFi Alliance and WiGig Alliance will deliver a terrific user experience with 60 GHz solutions, and will help ensure that a full range of interoperable WiGig solutions reaches the market as quickly as possible."

The WiGig Alliance was originally formed with the intention of creating a unified specification for a 60 GHz wireless frequency. WiGig's specification would allow for up to 7Gbits/s of throughput from devices that lived up to the group's frequency specifications.

Over the past two years the group has been working with the WiFi Alliance, a group that certifies Wi-Fi devices for interoperability, in an attempt to make sure multi-gigabit products would be compatible with existing Wi-Fi technology.

"We set out four years ago with the simple goal of realising a global wireless ecosystem of interoperable, high-performance devices that would operate seamlessly," said chairman of the WiGig Alliance, Ali Sadri.

"In that time there have been many challenges to overcome but we have now created a market that simply did not previously exist. Consolidating activities with the WiFi Alliance at this juncture will ensure WiGig's mainstream success to the benefit of technology users everywhere."

Working together the groups expect to unveil the first 60 GHz certified device later this year. The two groups also expect their unification to be finalised by mid-2013.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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