TUV Rheinland hosted the third annual Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) plugfest at their Pleasanton, CA offices on January 21 – 24, 2013. This was the organization’s first joint event with Wi-Fi Alliance®. Members from both Alliances attended the four-day event to test the multi-gigabit wireless technology in real world conditions as part of their efforts to take it closer to commercialization. TUV Rheinland provided attendees with its testing equipment and laboratory space, and the company’s professionals offered their expertise and consultation.
The first joint plugfest follows recently announced plans for Wi-Fi Alliance to unify with the WiGig Alliance. The agreement to consolidate activities in the Wi-Fi Alliance builds on more than two years of collaboration between the organizations, in which WiGig Alliance developed the groundbreaking WiGig technology specification and Wi-Fi Alliance initiated work to develop an interoperability certification for 60 GHz products.
Designed to address the specific requirements of various platforms, the 60 GHz technology will enable the broadest ecosystem of interoperable systems. The WiGig technology has also been adapted to coexist with millions of wireless devices already in use around the world. It does not need to be retrofitted or adapted for future applications.