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Three vendors–GlobalFoundries, Samsung and TSMC– appear to be engaged in a new capital spending race in an effort to gain share in current and future cycles. The trends could be a problem for the other digital foundries, such as SMIC, UMC and others, many of which cannot keep up with the spending race and will likely fall behind the curve.

LeMoncheck would not comment on his company's road map, leaving it unclear whether SiBeam plans any WirelessHD- or WiGig-only chips in the future. It will depend on how people decide to use this part,” he said.

SiBeam has been shipping WirelessHD chips since 2008 to stream uncompressed high def video, typically between wall-mounted flat-panel TVs and a set-top box. It has design wins with LG Electronics, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba and Vizio and started shipping second-generation chips last fall.

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The Wi-Fi Alliance recently commissioned a new task group to develop a certification program for Wi-Fi at 60 GHz. As part of that effort it will evaluate the WiGig specification and monitor the work of the 802.11ad group. So far its members have decided not to consider the WirelessHD technology.

This announcement [with the WiGig group] is not a technology selection,” said Edgar Figueroa, chief executive of the Wi-Fi Alliance. This opens the door to a [60 GHz] technology investigation, and the door is open to consider other technologies in the public domain,” he added.

With the deal, the Wi-Fi Alliance gains access to technology that could form its next-generation standard, and WiGig gains the imprimatur of the Wi-Fi Alliance which is huge because it's one of the most successful networking technologies,” said O'Rourke of In-Stat.

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While both groups aim to move swiftly, the strategy for the WiGig group is clearly one of getting products into the market first and setting up external certification programs second. For example, WiGig plans to conduct its own plugfests for members before they take their products to outside groups such as the Wi-Fi Alliance for testing.

Some developers may ship products without [external] certification,” said Ali Sadri, chairman of the WiGig group and director of 60 GHz standards at Intel. We are not 100 percent dependent on other organizations,” he said.

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That approach mirrors what happened with the current version of Wi-Fi, 802.11n.

Several vendors shipped .11n products when the IEEE standard was still in an early phase. The Wi-Fi Alliance created a certification for a second draft of the IEEE standard while debates continued in the .11n group. Once the IEEE process was complete, the Wi-Fi Alliance updated details of its certification program.

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