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Virtually all modern devices have cables, either for charging or for transferring data or both. Intel Corp. believes that in the future all equipment have to be completely wireless, whether it is a laptop, a display or something else. To achieve that, Intel wants to integrate radio in every applicable chip it makes, which essentially adds wireless tech to any client chip these days, given the trend towards highly-integrated system-on-chip devices.

"In the future, if it computes, it connects. From the simplest embedded sensors to the most advanced cloud datacenters, we are looking at techniques to allow all of them to connect without wires," said Justin Rattner, chief technology officer of Intel, at Intel Developer Forum.



 

A key to enable radio and wireless data transfer in every device possible, whether it is a notebook or a remote controller for TV, cost efficiently is to implement it using common building blocks that are used to make microprocessors. The thinner manufacturing technology is, the less expensive wireless radio blocks will be.

Mr. Rattner demonstrated for the first time a working, all-digital Wi-Fi radio, dubbed a "Moore's Law Radio". The CTO explained that an all-digital radio follows Moore's Law by scaling in area and energy efficiency with such digital chip processes as Intel's latest 22nm tri-gate technology. System-on-chip designs for smartphones and tablet computers would be the most likely spot for the all digital radios to be integrated.

The small size and lower cost of integrated digital radios will enable a host of new applications from wearable devices to "the Internet of things" where devices such as home appliances with sensors can communicate with each other, exchange data and can be operated remotely.

The chief technologist of Intel went on to describe a next-generation wireless standard called WiGig that operates in the millimeter wavelengths of the radio spectrum and delivers bandwidths well over 5Gb/s. The WiGig standard is an industry-wide effort to consolidate a number of proprietary 60GHz wireless technologies under the existing Wi-Fi standard.

"WiGig is so fast it will let you wirelessly dock your enabled ultrabook, tablet or smartphone without wires. Even multiple displays can be docked at one time," said Mr. Rattner.

The first WiGig devices are projected to hit the market in the second half of 2013.

Tags: Intel, Wi-Fi, WiGig

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I like Intel's way of thinking. Keep it up!
2 2 [Posted by: pckitty  | Date: 09/14/12 02:15:01 AM]
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That also opens up more security concerns. Breaking into (Intel-designed!) WiFi networks today is commonplace. If in the future, the government or hackers gain new angles to detect your keystrokes, your display or the files you send to your NAS, that won't be pretty.
3 1 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 09/14/12 02:43:12 AM]
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0 5 [Posted by: duderto  | Date: 09/14/12 03:36:25 PM]
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You must be insane. This is the concern of lay-man and business alike. Ever heard of corporate espionage? Yeah, that business down the street? They just stole all your confidential records and are now using it to push you out of business. All that personal data on your computer? Saved passwords, credit card info? Goodbye!
1 1 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 09/14/12 06:37:24 PM]
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You should know that is the oldest and weakest argument the Germans had under the Nazi regime. It just doesn't cut it to let authorities decide what is free for you. The authorities are not gods of truth >=(
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 09/16/12 07:34:32 AM]
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There's plenty to hide from the government even though I don't do anything wrong. The government is just another bunch of flawed people. And when they make mistakes, their mistakes are huge, because they are in charge of too much.

...and don't forget the other problem with Intel's wireless plans: the non-government criminals.
1 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 09/16/12 11:50:16 AM]
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Wireless is only useful in things that you need to move around. Or as a second best where it is infeasible to put a wire in. For nearby things that stay roughly in one place - monitors, keyboards, mice - it's an inferior approach taken up by people who don't know better.
2 1 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 09/15/12 07:01:47 AM]
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is it just me but so many devices functioning on the same frequency would cause a nasty amount of RF interference ... i mean the 2.4 GHz band is already congested enough as it is.. considering att and verison still use those bands in there in home wireless products ... ever try living in an apartment building or complex with overlapping router signals i can only imagine how this would effect other devices. your best bet at least where I am at is the 5GHz band because those are typically upgraded routers with wireless N but once those get more proliferated into the ecosystem it will also become an issue. great idea in concept but not for something mission critical unless they find a way to reduce or eliminate overlapping signals.
0 0 [Posted by: goodguy713  | Date: 09/16/12 09:25:17 PM]
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