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60 GHz Wireless in-Home Networks - Applications, Technologies and Markets

Abstract

Brief

This report reflects features of the growing market for high-speed wireless home networks. It concerns only one technology - 60 GHz radio, which is gaining popularity due to several advanced features; such as an unlicensed spectrum, a huge allowed bandwidth (speed of transmission in Gb/s; and as high as 25 Gb/s), security and other that benefit users.

This radio is used mainly to satisfy requirements of bandwidth-hungry applications, such as uncompressed HD video, exchange information between multiple CE devices and transmission of large files.

Several varieties of 60 GHz radio technologies are analyzed in this report, including:

  • WirelessHD and IEEE 802.15.3c - WPAN
  • WiGig and IEEE 802.11ad - WLAN
  • ECMA.

The report also reflects contributions of such international organizations as ETSI and ITU to the 60 GHz radio standardization process.

This radio market, applications, standardization and the industry are addressed in the report. With introduction of relatively inexpensive 60 GHz ICs, home networking is positioned for success; and attracts all levels of supply chain as well as users. At the same time, the report emphasizes a very competitive environment in which this technology matures.

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction

  • 1.1 General
  • 1.2 Varieties - HS WLAN/WPAN Technologies
    • 1.2.1 Need
  • 1.3 Goals
  • 1.4 Research Methodology
  • 1.5 Target Audience

2.0 60 GHz Wireless High-speed Home Networks

  • 2.1 Specifics 60 GHz Radio Technology
    • 2.1.1 General
    • 2.1.2 Spectrum Specifics
    • 2.1.3 Indoor Behavior
    • 2.1.4 Choices
    • 2.1.5 Challenges and Efforts
    • 2.1.5.1 Recent Developments
    • 2.1.6 Summary
  • 2.2 Standardization
    • 2.2.1 General
    • 2.2.2 Benefits: Summary
    • 2.2.3 Applications
  • 2.3 WirelessHD
    • 2.3.1 WirelessHD: Specifics
    • 2.3.2 Details: WirelessHD Technology
    • 2.3.3 Further Efforts
    • 2.3.4 Compliance Verification
    • 2.3.5 Synopsis
  • 2.4 IEEE 802.15.3c
    • 2.4.1 Group
    • 2.4.2 Operations
    • 2.4.3 Current Status
    • 2.4.4 Industry Adoption
  • 2.5 IEEE Very High Throughput Group - IEEE 802.11ad
    • 2.5.1 General
    • 2.5.2 IEEE 802.11ad and IEEE 802.15.3c
    • 2.5.3 Details: PHY and MAC
      • 2.5.3.1 Summary
    • 2.5.4 WiGig
      • 2.5.4.1 General
      • 2.5.4.2 Union
  • 2.6 ECMA
    • 2.6.1 ECMA-387/ISO/IEC 13156: Details - PHY and MAC
    • 2.6.2 ECMA and WiHD
  • 2.7 ETSI
    • 2.7.1 EN 302 567 V1.2.1 (2012-01)
    • 2.7.2 TR 102 555
  • 2.8 ITU-R
    • 2.8.1 Applications
    • 2.8.2 Modulation and Data Rate
    • 2.8.3 Beam Forming
    • 2.8.4 Spatial Reuse
  • 2.9 Market
    • 2.9.1 General: Categories
    • 2.9.2 Specifics
    • 2.9.3 Forecast
  • 2.10 Industry and Projects
    • Agilent
    • AzureWave
    • Beam Networks
    • Cables to Go (WiHD)
    • Gefen
    • Hittite
    • IBM
    • IMEC
    • LG
    • NEC
    • Phiar-Motorola
    • Panasonic (WiHD, WiGig)
    • Peraso Technologies (WiGig)
    • SiBeam (Silicon Image) - WiHD
    • Tensorcom
    • Vubiq
    • Wilocity (WiGig)
  • 2.11 Comparison
  • 2.12 60 GHz WPAN: Example
  • 2.13 Advantages and Challenges: Summary
  • 2.14 Competition
    • 2.14.1 Wireless
    • 2.14.2 Wired
    • 2.14.3 Summary

3.0 Conclusions

  • Figure 1: Home Networking
  • Figure 2: PM - Global Shipping - Wired HDVD Interfaces (Mil. Units)
  • Figure 3: PM - Global Shipping - Wireless HDVD Interfaces (Mil. Units)
  • Figure 4: 60 GHz Radio Applications
  • Figure 5: Spectrum Details
  • Figure 6: 60 GHz "Open" Spectrum
  • Figure 7: WiHD Set-up Example
  • Figure 8: IEEE802.15 WG Structure
  • Figure 9: TAM: Global 60 GHz Radio Home Networking Equipment Sales ($B)
  • Figure 10: TAM - 60 GHz Radio - Home Networking Equipment Sales Global (Units Mil.)
  • Figure 11: 60 GHz WPAN Example
  • Table 1: Technologies Characteristics
  • Table 2: Required Speed
  • Table 3: Bandwidth Utilization Details
  • Table 4: Attenuation
  • Table 5: Properties
  • Table 6: WVAN Characteristics
  • Table 7: PHYs Illustration
  • Table 8: SC Rates
  • Table 9: OFDM Rates
  • Table 10: Radio Characteristics
  • Table 11: HS WLAN/WPAN: 60 GHz Technologies
  • Table 12: Comparison
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