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IEEE Approves Multi-Gigabit Speed Wireless PAN Standard 802.15.3c
November 02, 2009
By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., or IEEE, reportedly announced that IEEE (News - Alert) 802.15.3c -2009, the multi-gigabit speed wireless personal area network standard, has been ratified by its standards board.

Officials with IEEE said that the amendment to IEEE 802.15.3 standard allows usage of high rate wireless personal area networks using 60GHz spectrum for multi-gigabit wireless communications.
According to IEEE, IEEE 802.15.3c -2009 specification defines how to design interoperable WPAN equipment, which will be capable of providing a variety of capabilities such as a wide range of data rates, ad-hoc connectivity, video streaming, quality of service, reliability, as well as security.
In March 2005, the IEEE 802.15.3 Task Group 3c was formed. TG3c developed a millimeter-wave-based alternative physical layer for the earlier 802.15.3 WPAN standard, 802.15.3-2003. 
This millimeter-wave WPAN will be operating in the new and clear band including 57-64 GHz unlicensed band defined by FCC (News - Alert) 47 CFR 15.255.
Moreover, this 203-page 802.15.3c amendment, utilizing a 60 GigaHertz millimeter-wave based alternative physical layer extension, facilitates in the launch of the first IEEE 802 radios that will be capable of delivering multi-gigabit throughput for consumer electronics and other applications, while also ensuring co-existence with legacy, as well as future microwave systems in the 802.15 family of WPANs.
Furthermore, the millimeter-wave WPAN will support high data rate at least 1 Gbps applications, including high speed internet access, streaming content download , such as video on demand, home theater and more. 
Paul Nikolich, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN standards committee chairman, said that the completion of IEEE 802.15.3c 60 GHz WPAN specifications is a key data communications milestone. This amendment will facilitate for a dramatic leap forward in WPAN performance.
 “This was an extraordinarily wide-ranging technical challenge that required a concentrated and sustained effort on the part of a variety of participants, Bob Heile, chair of the IEEE Wireless PAN Working Group, said in a statement. “When we started in 2005, many of the technologies addressed in 802.15.3c were university research topics and had not been implemented.”
“The performance improvements achieved via IEEE 802.15.3c enables the use of wireless links for new and significant consumer applications,” he said. “The ratification of this amendment sets the stage for a wave of innovation and the creation of new market opportunities.”
The IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee mainly focuses on the development of LAN and metropolitan area network standards. Currently, the most widely used standards of IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee are for the Ethernet family, Token Ring, Wireless LAN, Wireless PAN, Wireless MAN, bridging and virtual bridged LANs.
The IEEE Standards Association develops consensus standards via an open process, which engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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