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 More information on the meetings is available at For general information on the 802.15 standards activity, see