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Intel Cuts Cord On Its Current Cord-Cutting WiGig Products (zdnet.com) 30

An anonymous reader shares a ZDNet report, which also has some clarification from Intel: It looks like you can add WiGig wireless docking to Intel's dustbin (along with IoT products axed earlier this summer), as the company has discontinued existing products using the 802.11ad wireless standard, according to Anandtech. [Since publishing this report, we've received a statement from Intel clarifying its WiGig support: "We continue to offer current versions of our 802.11ad products, such as the Intel Tri-band Wireless AC 18265 and Gigabit Wireless 10101R antenna module. We remain committed to WiGig and think it has exciting potential for a number of applications, including enabling VR to become wireless, mesh networking and as part of Intel's leading products for 5G."] WiGig was developed several years ago with faster speeds than then-current Wi-Fi standards, but because it relied on the 60GHz channel, its high throughput could only travel over short distances. As a result, it eventually became marketed as a feature for wireless laptop docking stations, and while it received some support from enterprise laptop manufactures like Dell and Lenovo, the technology didn't make a big dent against standard wired laptop docks.

Intel Cuts Cord On Its Current Cord-Cutting WiGig Products

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  • Any setback for Intel is a win for the world.

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      Any setback for Intel is a win for the world.

      Uh, discontinuing support for product lines that are not going anywhere streamlines their operations and puts people and capital into more profitable ventures. But thanks for playing...

      • More profitable ventures like what?
        IoT? Mobile? McAfee? Quarterly layoffs?

        Intel's got nothing beyond their "core competency" - CPUs and chipsets for their CPUs. They've been flinging shit at the wall for a while and nothing has stuck. And here comes AMD to break their stranglehold on the CPU market.

  • If leasing Internet Of Shit devices is the way to go.

    You can switch to something new every time your existing devices are orphaned...

  • by scdeimos ( 632778 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @07:33PM (#55184947)

    As a result, it eventually became marketed as a feature for wireless laptop docking stations, and while it received some support from enterprise laptop manufactures like Dell and Lenovo, the technology didn't make a big dent against standard wired laptop docks.

    I can't help but chuckle whenever I see "support" and "Lenovo" in the same sentence.

    • Their enterprise support still has moments of competence. It's usually a good sign if you run into part of it that still hasn't had the IBM badges filed off; I'm not sure if this represents actual institutional inertia that has spared these areas; or whether there are pockets of resistance among the employees that have made failing to update their paperwork a signal of adherence to the old ways; but in my experience it is a good sign when you get one of them.

      Anything explicitly Lenovo, without a history
  • This sounds like a good idea if it could be used along with wireless power, and if it can really provide sufficient bandwidth.

    If I could have a pad that I could set my laptop on, and suddenly be able to use an external monitor, keyboard, and wired ethernet, all while charging the laptop, that would be a big win. Especially if it's a widely supported standard, so the docking pad won't become obsolete when I buy a new laptop.

    But what should really sell is a good wireless standard for conference room projecto

    • There's really no good reason not to use one connector. That's what docking stations were all about. It's nice if it could be standardized, which is sort of what thunderbolt was all about, although intel thought they would control that whole market and as a result it is tiny. As usual. They didn't learn from Apple and firewire. Or themselves and USB.

  • I'm fed up with everything being "exciting".

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