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IEEE Group Explores 60 GHz WLANs

Think the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz license-free bands are becoming too crowded? If so, you may be interested in a new interest group formed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers(IEEE) to explore the use of the licensee-free band at 60 GHz. This band is 7 GHz wide and is little used. Since walls and floors greatly attenuate 60 GHz signals, several wireless personal area networks (WPANs) can co-exist in the same building.

The IEEE 802.15.3 Millimeter Wave Interest Group (mmWIG) is part of an effort to develop a millimeter-wave based alternative physical layer for the IEEE high-rate WPAN standard IEEE 802.15.3-2003. The next meetings of mmWIG will be Nov. 9-14 in Albuquerque, N.M. and Jan. 12-16 in Vancouver, B.C. The group is looking for papers for its upcoming meetings. Details on the format for papers can be found at http://ieee802.org/15/pub/Submission.htm. More information on the meetings is available at www.ieee802.org/meeting/. For general information on the 802.15 standards activity, see http://ieee802.org/15/.