In addition to video transfers wirelessly, Figuroa said future applications for 60GHz services could be PC backup or transfer of a PC's data to a new PC. Future applications could allow a user to pull up in a car to a kiosk and download a DVD to a portable device wirelessly. "You could do that in a matter of seconds with this speed," he said.
A one-hour HD video can take 45 minutes to download with Wi-Fi, in comparison.
Figueroa said it might take two years for products to appear, but one central function of the Wi-Fi Alliance will be to certify that products are interoperable.
"Most users don't want a spaghetti bowl of cables behind a device like a TV," Figuroa said. "They want the freedom that wireless provides, and this WiGig is an extension of what we've been providing for 10 years with Wi-Fi."
Wi-Fi is already available on nearly 1 billion Wi-Fi devices globally, and the group estimates that 10 percent of all people in the world use Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is growing so fast that 800 million more devices will be shipped with Wi-Fi in 2010, he said.
Initially, WiGig is expected to have a significantly shorter range than Wi-Fi, he added. Wi-Gig would reach across a living room, while Wi-Fi reaches across a football field or more.
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