And, very interestingly, there’s now a trade association sponsored by no less than LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) , Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC), SiBeam Inc. , Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE), and Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo: 6502) formed to get the technology product-ready. Called WirelessHD, there’s a clear emphasis here on residential video distribution applications -- and that’s to be expected. Sending uncompressed HDMI signals around is going to become quite hot as HDTV catches on (and maybe the networks will produce more than a smattering of programming in HD to help us along here…). Sure, this can also be done with ultra-wideband, as Radiospire, is doing, but 60 GHz should have better range once the antenna issues are worked out -- something that WirelessHD is also looking at.
But even more exciting is the possibility of 60GHz wireless LANs. Let’s see, at one bit/Hz, that’s SEVEN Gbit/s raw throughput! Holy cow! And they said WLANs would never have the throughput to rival wire. Now it’s not just rival -- it’s thrash! OK, soon. I hope.
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung