IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology
for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association
(IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved the IEEE 802.11adTM-2012
amendment to provide data rates up to 7 Gbps, more than 10 times the
maximum speed previously enabled within the IEEE 802.11TM
standard. With the improvements introduced in IEEE 802.11ad, this
amendment is a perfect complement to the existing IEEE 802.11 standard,
acting as the foundation for tri-band networking, wireless docking,
wired equivalent data transfer rates and uncompressed streaming video.
The IEEE 802.11ad specification adds a "fast session transfer" feature,
which enables wireless devices to seamlessly transition between the 60
GHz frequency band and the legacy 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The ability
to imperceptively move between the bands ensures that computing devices
are always "best connected," enabling them to operate with optimal
performance and range criteria.
"IEEE 802.11 is undergoing a continuous process of refinement and
innovation to address the evolving needs of the marketplace, and there
is no better proof of that fact than IEEE 802.11ad," said Bruce Kraemer,
chair of the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group. "By migrating up to
the next ISM band (60 GHz), we break ground on new spectrum for IEEE
802.11, enable an order of magnitude improvement in performance and
enable usages that have never before been possible with existing IEEE
802.11 - namely wireless docking and streaming video."
Through the vast improvements in spectral reuse at 60 GHz and an
efficient beam forming technology, IEEE 802.11ad enables great
improvements in capacity. Many users in a dense deployment can all
maintain top-speed performance, without interfering with each other or
having to share bandwidth as with the legacy frequency bands.
More than 300 individuals from equipment and silicon suppliers, service
providers, systems integrators, consultant organizations and academic
institutions from more than 20 countries participated in IEEE 802.11ad
ratification. The global collaboration effort led to the successful
completion of the standard 50 percent faster than the previous major
PHY/MAC EEE standard of this magnitude. The amendment was published in
IEEE 802.11ad is available for purchase at the IEEE
IEEE 802.11 defines the technology for the world's premier wireless LAN
(WLAN) products. IEEE 802.11-based products are often branded as "WiFi®"
in the market. IEEE 802.11 standards underpin wireless networking
applications around the world, such as wireless access to the Internet
from offices, homes, airports, hotels, restaurants, trains and aircraft.
IEEE 802.11's relevance continues to expand with the emergence of new
applications, such as the smart grid, wireless docking and the "Internet
For more information about the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group,
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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting
body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process
that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.
IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current
scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of
over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development.
For more information visit http://standards.ieee.org/.
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