A common misconception is that 60 GHz technologies are meant to compete with today's Wi-Fi solutions like 802.11n and 802.11ac. Rather than being competitive, 60 GHz is better viewed as a complementary technology, working in tandem with other versions of Wi-Fi to maximize the abilities of wireless devices. As today's Wi-Fi has adequately allowed Ethernet cables to be replaced, 60 GHz Wi-Fi additionally allows your devices to replace all of the cables used for data and display with just a single additional radio.
The 802.11ad standard's media-agnostic approach to 60GHz means that 60GHz will be able to efficiently stream HD video, and yet also support all the interfaces that consumers have come to expect (USB 3.0, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, etc.). With all of this capability, and a future roadmap that will reach speeds in the 10's of Gigabits-per-second, 60GHz is going to be used for so much more than streaming video.
Wi-Fi has traditionally been an infrastructure technology, with a central access point 'directing' communication around the house and office and to and from the internet. With 60GHz, the possibilities of new ways of interfacing with our devices will be wide-open to innovation. As well, the possibility of how we view the displays of our devices via heads up displays, mobile device docking and desktop on demand will be at the fingertips of creative hardware and software developers. Only 60GHz provides this capability...there is no other technology out there that can meet this future need.
60 GHz Wi-Fi solutions will be based on the draft specification of IEEE 802.11ad and work is well underway by the Wi-Fi Alliance to insure interoperability. This proven method of delivering technology to the market will give businesses and consumers the confidence that products they purchase will be interoperable as backed by the industry's most respected standardization body.
Unlike previous evolutions of Wi-Fi technologies, 60 GHz goes well beyond enhancements in speed. Tomorrow's Wi-Fi brings the capabilities to provide intelligence, efficiency and extensibility to wireless devices that will extend well beyond our current needs and imagination.