The WiFi Alliance (the group that is resposible for controlling the WiFi Standard) has teamed up with the team behind WiGig — the WiGig alliance. The WiGig Alliance is a forum that was formed last year and has the combined the might of Inte [NASDAQ:INTC], Broadcom [NASDAQ:BRCM] and Atheros [NASDAQ:ATHR] — all large chip makers in their own right. While we know what WiFi is, WiGig is a standard that will transmit HD Video across short distances at a rate of 7Gbps. Hence the name WiGig. And this joint force has some major implications for the industry.
WiGig’s main competitors at the moment are WirelessHD makers SiBeam and WHDI makers Amimon. Both are reatively new to the field and have nothing that will back them up in the face of such a threat. However, each technology has its own benefits to showcase. WHDI’s utilization of the 5GHz spectrum ensures that the signal is clear across multiple rooms — an advantage that the 60Ghz spectrum using standards do not have. SiBeam in the meantime has decided that it will make chips that will have both WirelessHD and WHDI support.
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