SiBeam chipset combines super-fast wireless specs

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Super-fast wireless video could get a touch more straightforward, with the launch of a new chipset from SiBeam which combines both the WirelessHD and WiGig specifications.

SiBeam has been shipping 60GHz chipsets based on the WirelessHD standard since 2008, but its new SB8110 WirelessHD/WiGig RF transceiver and associated SK8100 Development Kit are the first products to conform to both standards.

The standards are designed for the transmission of high-speed data over short distances - up to about 10 meters - within the home. Unfortunately, there's still another standard, WHDI, for which SiBeam hasn't managed to squeeze in support.

"As the first and only company shipping 60GHz chipsets in consumer products, SiBeam is dedicated to providing the best connected experience for consumers across devices, market segments and geographies," 

"We believe there are three key wireless applications: wireless local area networking (WLAN) using Wifi, wireless personal area networking (WPAN) using Bluetooth, and wireless video area networking (WVAN) using WirelessHD," says John LeMoncheck, SiBeam CEO.

"Upon review of the WiGig specification, we believe that WirelessHD will continue to provide the best solution for WVAN. As for other application areas, WiGig can potentially serve as a good platform for support of data and WLAN applications."

The SB8110 WirelessHD/WiGig RF Transceiver supports both single carrier and OFDM modulation schemes and can be used to create either a WirelessHD only, WiGig only or dual mode WirelessHD/WiGig product.
The SK8100 Development Kit includes the SB8110 WiGig RF transceiver and all supporting system and IC documentation.

The SB8110 is available immediately and the SK8100 kit will be available in June 2010.