Wilocity makes a chip for world’s first gigabit phone
Internet is getting faster and faster. According to a comScore report, the average internet connection speed in 2004 was 34 kb/s for dial-up, 861 kb/s for DSL, and 2.2 mb/s for cable. If you wanted a nice, fast laptop that was sleek and cool, you owned something out of the Dell Inspiron line running Windows XP, which in hindsight, were chunky and sluggish computers.
Fast forward 10 years to today, and Chorus is giving Kiwis internet at 1 gigabit per second, while Google is figuring out how to deliver a 10 gigabit per second connection to residents in the US. We each own iPads, smartphones, and ultra thin laptops, which are all incredibly fast and wireless.
One thing that hasn’t changed much is the WiFi technology. Most of our internet-connected devices, especially our older ones, won’t be able to handle a gigabit per second connection. Wilocity, maker of the WiGig chip wants to change all that.
Kevin Fitchard, Gigaom, reports: “At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Wilocity took the wraps off its first smartphone WiGig chip, the Wil6300, which it will demo at MWC and start shipping to device makers in the third quarter.”
The WiGig chip can wirelessly connect devices with a 4.6 gigabit per second connection.
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“The chips are starting to creep into laptops, PCs and docking stations, but one of the biggest backers of the new multi-gigabit wireless networking standard is ready to take the next step: putting WiGig into a smartphone,” he said.
WiGig does not replace WiFi; it simply augments it. However, devices lose range in exchange for the fast connection speed. Wilocity recommends using the chip to connect devices in a room, rather than throughout an office.
Electronics using the WiGig chip will be certified this year, and we can expect to see them in retail stores shortly after certification.