SiBeam will have first WiGig silicon: Now I missed this interesting announcement yesterday among the news about the Wi-Fi Alliance partnering with the WiGig Alliance for a harmonizing 60 GHz data networking standard. SiBeam, which is behind the WirelessHD group for high-definition video streaming, said it embraces WiGig and will have the first chips out there for WiGig. The chips will support either or both WiGig and WirelessHD.
That's pretty slick, and it pretty much collapses 60 GHz into one unified, non-competing approach. This is great for OEMs, consumers, and businesses. As I noted yesterday, having a single radio over which multiple kinds of activity can take place without conflict means that PC and CE (consumer electronics) makers need only worry about what to layer on top--how applications will work, for instance.
The chip and reference design will be available in June.