The world is now a big digital multimedia market and different kinds of content are easily available in different media forms today. This has led to the need for continuous innovation in data transfer and connectivity.
The internet penetration in North America is really high and so are the numbers of internet and smartphone users in this region. The global WiGig market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 105.42% to reach USD 11.5 billion by the end of 2021 from the current estimates of USD 0.31 billion. Considering the circumstances, the Wigig market in North America is expected to witness a positive growth in the coming years.
Though the traditional wi-fi serves this purpose, its functionality, especially its speed, is limited by its capabilities. These limitations are now being addressed by WiGig technology, which uses 60 GHz frequency for high-speed data transfer. WiGig allows wireless communication at multi-gigabit speeds and enables high-performance wireless data.
WiGig technology is based on IEEE 802.11ad, the standard wireless communication which makes use of 60 GHz frequency. This technology supports data transfer up to speeds of 7 Gbits/sec. The WiGig technology can be used to transfer data from smartphones, notebooks, personal computers or any other device (WiGig compatible) to other devices. It can also be used to transfer videos from these very devices.
To overcome signal decay, WiGig uses a process called ‘adaptive beamforming’. The antennas do this by adjusting both the amplitudes and the phase shifts of their broadcasted waves. The reception of the signal is then optimized by minimizing different kinds of problems like the error between the antennas’ output and the expected signal.
Samsung recently developed a “high-performance modem technologies” along with a “wide-coverage beam-forming antenna”, which could resolve the line-of-sight (range) issues to an extent. This means that one of the largest consumer device makers will be embracing WiGig. The company also remarked that this tech will be “integral” to Samsung’s smart home and the internet of things efforts.
Some of the major vendors of this technology mentioned in the report are Qualcomm, Cisco, Intel, Dell, Panasonic and Agilent Technologies.
The demand for high-speed data access and connectivity is driving the need for technologies that have the capabilities to meet this particular internet demand. The other factors driving the growth of WiGig market are its compatibility with different devices and also its cost-effectiveness.
Few limitations of the WiGig technology are the range which it supports, i.e. natural interference problems, so the data transfer would require the devices to be close by and in line-of-sight of each other, and the other limitation of the WiGig market is its low availability of vendors for the same.
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