Bidding Wires Farewell

By Calvin Khong

Showing that the future is indeed without wires, Intel Labs demonstrates the first all-digital WiFi radio integrated into the same chip with other digital building blocks that scales in size and energy efficiency to enable more things to connect to each other.

Rattner showing off a wafer of Rosepoint system-on-a-chip dies. Each die has two Atom cores and a full WiFi tr …

"In the future, if it computes, it connects. From the simplest embedded sensors to the most advanced cloud datacenters, we're looking at techniques to allow all of them to connect without wire. WiGig is so fast it will let you wirelessly dock your enabled Ultrabook, tablet or smartphone without wires. Even multiple displays can be docked at one time," says Justin Rattner , Chief Technology Officer, Intel, in his keynote at the Intel Developer Forum.

During the forum, Rattner demonstrates for the first time, an all-digital WiFi radio, dubbed a "Moore's Law Radio." This system-on-chip design for smartphones and tablet computers would be the most likely spot for all digital radios to be integrated. The small size and lower cost integrated digital radios will enable a host of new applications from wearable devices to devices such as home appliances with sensors can communicate with each other, exchange data and can be operated remotely.

Naming the next-generation wireless standard as WiGig, Rattner claims it operates in the millimetre wavelengths of the radio spectrum and delivers bandwidths over 5 gigabits per second. The WiGig standard is an industry-wide effort to consolidate a number of proprietary 60 GHz wireless technologies under the existing WiFi standard.

Source: PC.com

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