EE Times writes Intel is driving research to define a proposal for using millimeter wave wireless in the next-generation 5G cellular systems. The higher frequencies promise more spectrum and faster data throughput, but at shorter ranges.
The technology "will play a very serious role as an augmentation of the cellular infrastructure, but it won't replace it in the same way that WiGig augments WiFi," Ali Sadri, a senior director of millimeter wave standards in Intel's mobile and wireless group, told us.
Sadri led the WiGig effort that defined a specification for 60 GHz as a local-area network. The spec became the basis for today's IEEE 802.11ad standard, and the WiGig group was folded into the WiFi Alliance last year.