Austin wireless startup Nitero may have been later than the competition in bringing its first WiGig radio silicon to market, but it’s hoping the wait will be worth it to device makers. Nitero on Wednesday unveiled a low-power, small form factor WiGig chip targeted at smartphones and TVs designed to link the two together with gigabit-speed video streams.
You can think of WiGig as short range, extremely high-speed Wi-Fi — or alternately as turbo-charged Bluetooth – and it’s a competitor to Wireless HD. But WiGig is part of Wi-Fi’s evolutionary path based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard, and it’s designed to network more than just the TV. Essentially it uses larger swaths of extremely high-frequency 60 GHz waves to link devices within the same room at multi-gigabit speeds.
Nitero’s competitor Wilocity was an early pioneer of WiGig and managed to beat everyone to market with commercial products by more than a year, but so far those chips have only made it into PCs and peripheral devices such as desktop docking hubs. Nitero VP of marketing and standards Sven Mesecke claims that the biggest market for WiGig is in the smartphone and tablet, where a multi-gigabit connection can be...