As is the case with most other spheres of computing, rapid advancements are also being made in WiFi technologies like the IEE 802.11ad standard, which is commonly referred to as WiGig.

This technology makes use of the 60GHz band — good enough for multi gigabit speeds for mobile devices. Add enhancements like better power efficiency and capacity increases to go with these greater bandwidths, and you have got a winner.

Good thing is that Qualcomm seems ready to integrate this advanced technology in its newer chips, including the upcoming Snapdragon 810 mobile processor.

This SoC is expected to ship in the middle of 2015, and looks set to be the first such solution to deliver tri-band connectivity, which is the classic 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to go with this 60GHz WiGig solution.

The company explains that the integration of this new technology opens up bandwidth for demanding tasks like 4K video streaming, peer-to-peer content sharing, faster backups, more efficient networking and wireless docking.

At the very least, it allows the company to leap ahead of competitors like Intel, Broadcom, MediaTek, NVIDIA and Samsung, many of which are actually yet to equip their SoCs with the 5GHz band.

Considering the close relations Microsoft have with Qualcomm, there is a fair chance that we will see some variants of the Snapdragon 810 chips on Windows RT based Surface tablets, or Lumia devices.

However, as is often the case with radically advanced technologies, WiGig comes with its own set of disadvantages. This 60GHz band sound amazing on paper, but the frequency cannot cover extensive distances or go through walls.

Its implementation will, then, probably only be limited to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, instead of home and office networking.

An okay tradeoff for such insane speeds, some would say.

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  1. Nice post. It’s crazy to think Wifi is only going to grow faster and wider in the years to come. Chips like this are a big help to that.

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