Intel, Qualcomm Partner on WiGig Interoperability
The two chip makers have been working for months to demonstrate multi-gigabit interoperability between their respective 892.11ad products.Chip makers Intel and Qualcomm are competitors in a growing number of industry segments, from mobile devices and the Internet of things to—eventually—data center systems. However, the two companies are partnering to drive interoperability, availability and adoption in the next phase of WiFi wireless connectivity. Engineers with Intel and Qualcomm's Atheros unit have been working together for several months to enable multi-gigabit interoperability between their respective 802.11ad WiGig offerings, which officials hope will accelerate the development of WiGig devices and drive the continued evolution of WiFi. "Laptops, tablets, smartphones, access points, storage devices, untethered VR [virtual reality] glasses and other 802.11ad WiGig-capable devices offer multi-gigabit speeds, high density, low latency and very high network capacity, as well as empower a new class of applications and services," Yaniv Garty, vice president and general manager of wireless connectivity solutions at Intel, and Tal Tamir, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Atheros, wrote in posts on their respective companies' blogs. "802.11ad will transform the experience of WiFi users, be it in their offices, homes or even in public places. Bringing the vast, new spectrum in 60GHz band to WiFi's fold, 802.11ad will be one of the potent tools to address burgeoning data demand in homes, enterprises and carrier networks." Intel and Qualcomm were among the founding members of WiGig, which began with the WiGig Alliance, a group that since has been folded into the WiFi Alliance. WiGig offers gigabit speeds, greater range and lower latency than current WiFi standards—including 802.11ac and 802.11n—and tech vendors are beginning to build 802.11ad-capable products.
At the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 last month, a number of routers and notebooks—from vendors like Lenovo, Acer and TP-Link—were introduced, with promises of general availability coming later this year.