The First Ever WiGig-Enabled Chip From Panasonic

June 6, 2011
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The Wireless Gigabit Alliance, known as WiGig, is a group hell-bent on bringing us the use of multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology working on the 60 GHz frequency band. WiGig will enable devices to link without the use of wires at multi-gigabit speeds! It allows top performance wireless information transmission, display as well as audio apps that support the aptitudes of current wireless LAN devices. Just think Wi-Fi, but 10-20 times faster! With blazing fast speeds to stream HD video and other stuff like high quality audio, it will do accomplish this marvelous feat without the need for silly antiquated HDMI or DisplayPort cables.

Although WiGig can transmit massive data, it can only reach short distances, unlike Wi-Fi. Anyway, try to imagine WiGig on your Android device(s) – Ā kinda awesome, right? Panasonic always has a few tricks up their sleeves, and this latest innovation, will be bringing the first ever chip taking WiGig to another level, the mobile platform. Panasonicā€™s chip will work on the 60GHz frequency, and is compatible with the standard 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands and Bluetooth 4.0, which means data streaming is faster like never before.

Previously, WiGig was only limited to motionless devices like televisions or PCā€™s, inline with the requisite power demands necessary to function at the bandwidth that WiGig provides. Not anymore! The new chip from Panasonic is able to embrace and run all of this delightful wireless goodness on just a single watt.

However, the only downside is that it wonā€™t be able boost the speed of your internet, since it will still depend on whatever speed your wireless provider can supply. Based on what Panasonic has told us, streaming to and from devices that support WiGig will happen at more or less twenty times the speed you are used to experiencing. For example, steaming a video from your device to a WiGig TV, or trying to sync it without the use of wires to your music and video collections stored on your PC would be nearly instantaneous! Ā Interesting, isnā€™t it?

Hereā€™s the press release for further details:

OSAKA, Japanā€“(BUSINESS WIRE)ā€“Panasonic Corporation has successfully developed a 60GHz multi-gigabit wireless communication technology that is optimized for mobile devices, and supports the WiGig [1] specification and/or the IEEE802.11ad [2] draft specification. This multi-gigabit wireless communication technology consists of a 60GHz transceiver and a baseband processor which are integrated individually onto CMOS semiconductor chips through circuit technologies optimized for mobile devices. The technology enables multi-gigabit wireless communication of more than 20 times faster than existing wireless LANs using the 60GHz frequency band, and through the optimization of both the transceiver core and peripheral circuits, it also enables lower than 1W low-power, multi-gigabit wireless communication in the future.

Up till today, only the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands have been used in high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices while 60GHz ultra-high-speed wireless communication remains to be employed only in stationary devices such as TVs, but not in mobile devices due to the higher energy consumption associated with the use of wider frequency bandwidth.

With high-speed communication of 20 times faster than existing wireless LANs, this technology allows the transferring of a 30-minute long compressed high definition (HD) video content within 10 seconds. In combination with the low power features made possible through the transceiver core and peripheral circuits optimization, it has been made viable for mobile devices such as smart phones that requires lower than 1W of power consumption in their radio function unit. This is a big step forward to realize stress-free, fast HD video content transfer and streaming on mobile devices.

The technology has the following features:

1. The worldā€™s lowest noise signal generator (-95dBc/Hz at 1MHz offset frequency) enables high sensitivity wireless performance. The transceiver has been integrated into a CMOS chip, which leads to miniaturization of the mobile devices.

2. Forward error correction (FEC) code is indispensable to maintain reliability in high-speed wireless communication. In this technology, the circuit size of decoding block is 30% smaller than that of Panasonicā€™s conventional architectures by optimizing decoding circuits. This reduction results in lower power consumption.

3. The chipset supports the WiGig specification, which is going to be an industry standard for a multi-gigabit, short range wireless communication system. It will provide reliable interoperability among various devices.

The technology consists of the following new Panasonicā€™s technologies:

1. A unique multiband voltage controlled oscillator technology, which achieves excellent phase noise while covering over 9GHz frequency bandwidth required by the WiGig specifications.

2. A FEC decoding circuit technology, which enables the use of common functional units to handle various error correction codes specified in the WiGig and at the same time, achieves low power by reducing the circuit complexity and the operation frequency.

On this development, Panasonic holds 16 domestic patents and 16 overseas patents, including pending applications.

This development will be presented at ICC 2011 (International Conference on Communications 2011) to be held at the Kyoto International Conference Hall, Japan from June 5 to 9, 2011.

ThisnewĀ technology was partly supported by ā€œThe research and development project for expansion of radio spectrum resourcesā€ of The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan.

*Based on Panasonic data as of June 2, 2011

[1] Wireless Gigabit Alliance was established by technology leaders within the consumer electronics,Ā personalĀ computer, semiconductor and handheld industries to address the need for faster, wireless connectivity between computing, communications and entertainment devices. Panasonic has been a board member of WiGig Alliance.

[2] The IEEE802.11 is a Working Group that defines a set of standards for Wireless Local Area Network. The Task Group IEEE802.11ad has developed a draft standard specification for next generation high speed communication of above 1Gbps in the 60GHz frequency band.

Source: AndroidCommunity

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