Intel goes WiGiggy for VR

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2017 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: wigig, Intel, 802.11ad, VR

News of the impending demise of Intel WiGig hardware, originally touted as a way to transmit various signals such as PCIe or HDMI wirelessly arrived over at The Inquirer today.  Some companies adopted the hardware into docking stations, monitors and external storage however the flexibility of WiGig was offset by transmission limitations which competing standards such as Bluetooth or WiFi do not suffer from. The improved performance offered by Thunderbolt 3 also prompted companies to choose wired connectivity over Intel's WiGig, the outcome of which has been a refocusing of Intel's resources to VR headset development.  This move could hurt a VR incumbent, the HTC Vive incorporated WiGig into a recent wireless headset prototype.  Companies have until the end of the month to order hardware.

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"Just days after announcing plans to discontinue its 6th-gen Skylake processors, Intel that it's ditching almost all of its current WiGig, or 802.11ad hardware by the end of 2017, including antennas and controllers."

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Source: The Inquirer

September 11, 2017 | 05:35 PM - Posted by willmore


September 11, 2017 | 05:55 PM - Posted by psuedonymous

"This move could hurt a VR incumbent, the HTC Vive incorporated WiGig into a recent wireless headset prototype."

The prototype was not built by HTC.

It was built by Intel.

To show off their VR-specific version of WiGig.

The one they're continuing development of after this EOL of the WiGig data hardware.

September 11, 2017 | 10:14 PM - Posted by Photonboy

If we get MOTHERBOARDS (M.2 addon?) with WiGig I wonder how much latency benefit there would be, or whether any typical modern motherboard will be sufficiently LOW via an addon card (USB3? PCIe?)

I looked and it sounds like WiGig can be tri-band and support 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 60GHz so does that mean it can double as a Wi-Fi device up to "AC" standard at the same time as working with the VR HUD?

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