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Thursday, July 15, 2010

60GHz LAN chips take off

Startups and partnerships to drive 60GHz networks

By Nick Flaherty

The development of chips for 60GHz networking is taking off, with UK startup Blu Wireless already developing a radio and baseband digital signal processing, and US WiFi chip maker Atheros joining with Wilocity for a 60GHz chipset.
The driver for this is the establishment of the WiGig Wireless Gigabit Alliance specification for networking, distinct from the WirelessHD 60GHz format for wireless HDMI short range links. This avoids the problems of multiple competing standards that killed UltraWideband (UWB), and the leader in 60GHz WirelessHD, SiBeam, is also developing parts for WiGig.
Blu Wireless has developed a 60GHz RF chip in 40nm and is now working on the underlying DSP, with 2Gbit/s and 4Gbit/s chips in a 10 x 10mm package due next year, volume production in 2012 and a target price of $10 in 2013. My story from the Wireless2.0 conference is here. 
At the same time, Wilocity, a leading Israeli developer of 60 GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipsets for the mobile computing, consumer electronics and peripheral markets, and WiFi chip maker Atheros Communications are collaborating to build tri-band wireless solutions that combine the ubiquity and coverage of Wi-Fi with the multi-gigabit performance of WiGig. Such “tri-band” capabilities will enhance the performance and functionality of wireless devices to enable a variety of new computing and entertainment applications.
Many devices and networks use dual-band 802.11n, which operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, to share broadband connections, videos, music, photos and other content throughout a home or enterprise. Advanced 60 GHz technologies offer multi-gigabit speeds to complement existing Wi-Fi capabilities and enable new cutting-edge wireless applications. Tri-band devices that leverage all three bands will also maintain compatibility with the hundreds of millions of Wi-Fi products in use today, ensuring a seamless and simple user experience.
Atheros and Wilocity are jointly developing tri-band solutions based on both the IEEE 802.11n standard and the new WiGig multi-gigabit wireless specification. By integrating and optimizing Wi-Fi and WiGig solutions, the two companies aim to accelerate the design of tri-band wireless products and enable the next-generation wireless ecosystem.
Atheros serves on the board of directors for both the WiGig Alliance and Wi-Fi Alliance; Wilocity serves on the WiGig board and chairs its Marketing Work Group.

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Find out the latest on the mobile industry

By Nick Flaherty

The international wireless industry meets in Bristol this week with 2010's Wireless2.0 conference on Friday July 9th at @Bristol,

Market data direct from Will Strauss of Forward Concepts, future directions for the handset from Sony Ericsson, how to get good 2Mbit/s broadband into rural areas from Deltenna and a host of other speakers, from the ex CTOs of Orange and Microsoft Europe to the latest high speed connectivity in the home. If you are in mobile, you have to be there.

There's also a chance to meet the speakers at dinner on the 8th - see the website for details.

• Keynotes – Multimedia in the hand
9.15 Welcome, Nick Flaherty, Editorial Director, Silicon South West
• 9.30 Joakim Nelson, General Manager, Head of Industry Collaboration & Asset Management, CTO, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications – the future of mobile handsets
• 10.00 Will Strauss, President, Forward Concepts – market analysis of mobile multimedia
• 10.30 Simon Knowles, VP Strategy, Icera

11.00 Coffee

Multimedia in the street
11.30 Chair: Walter Tuttlebee, CEO, MobileVCE
• 11.45 Ray Williamson, Motorola - Video; the implications for mobile networks
• 12.15 Pete Keevil, CTO, Ubiquisys – Extending the reach of femtocells
• 12.45 Dr. Tim Wilkinson, VP Technical Marketing, IPWireless

1.15 Lunch

Multimedia In the home
• 2.15 Chair: Gurpritpal Singh, CTO, Cingular Consulting Services
• 2.30 Prof. David Bull, CTO, ProVision Communications – Research in video
• 3.00 Tim Haysom, CMO, OMTP / Bondi – The rise of the Widget
• 3.30 Peter Claydon, VP Sales & Marketing, Deltenna – Extending broadband coverage to rural areas
• 4.00 Mark Barrett, CEO, Blu Wireless – high speed connectivity in the home
4.30 Close Nick Flaherty, Silicon South West 
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