IEEE explores 60 GHz networks

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has formed an interest group to explore the use of the 60 GHz band for wireless personal area networks, which generally have a range of 10 metres.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has formed an interest group to explore the use of the 60 GHz band for wireless personal area networks (WPANs), which generally have a range of 10 metres.

This little-used, 7 GHz-wide portion of the radio spectrum (as defined in FCC 47 CFR 15.255) avoids interference with nearly all electronic devices, given the high attenuation of these wavelengths by walls and floors, and promises to allow more WPANs to occupy the same building.

The IEEE 802.15.3 Millimeter Wave Interest Group (mmWIG) was formed in July 2003 as part of an effort to develop a millimetre-wave-based alternative physical layer (PHY) for the IEEE high-rate WPAN standard, IEEE 802.15.3-2003. Interest groups are the first step in the creation of a standard.

The initial meeting of the IEEE mmWIG was held in Singapore in September. Future meetings are scheduled for 9 to 14 November in Albuquerque, NM, USA, and January 12-16 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.