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WiGiG: Multi-gigabit wireless communications in the 60 GHz band

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Christopher J. Hansen ; BROADCOM CORPORATION

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance [1] - commonly called WiGig - is an industry consortium devoted to the development and promotion of wireless communications in the 60 GHz band. Recent advances in 60 GHz technology and demand for higher-speed wireless connections are key drivers for WiGig. Among the unlicensed frequency bands available for wireless networks, 60 GHz is uniquely suited for carrying extremely high data rates (multiple gigabits per second) over short distances. WiGig has developed a medium access control (MAC) layer, a physical (PHY) layer, and several protocol adaptation layers (PALs) to enable interoperable devices that take advantage of these extremely high data rates. WiGig is also working closely with standards bodies, including IEEE 802.11, and other industry groups, such as the Wi-Fi Alliance, to help enable certification of standards-compliant devices.

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IEEE Wireless Communications  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 6 )