Intel Discontinues WiGig Cards, Antenna and Sink, Set to Focus on WiGig for VR

In a surprising move, Intel has announced plans to discontinue a number of their 802.11ad products. The company intends to cease shipments of the majority of its WiGig devices by late 2017. Intel has not announced any replacements for the 802.11ad parts and says that it would focus on WiGig solutions designed for VR applications. Intel is formally initiating the EOL program for the Wireless Gigabit 11000 and Tri Band Wireless-AC 18260 controllers, the Wireless Gigabit Antenna-M M100041 antenna and the Wireless Gigabit Sink W13100 sink today (September 8). Intel is asking its partners to place their final orders on its WiGig-supporting network cards, antenna and sink by September 29,

Intel WiGig line discontinued

Intel has issued ‘Product Discontinuance’ notices for a range of WiGig technology networking components. As The Register reports, Intel sought to sell WiGig fast wireless networking components for laptops and peripherals, however it never really gained traction. Intel WiGig product orders will no longer be taken after 29th September, and shipments cease from 29th December 2017. WiGig’s appeal is its very fast wireless connectivity, up to 4.7Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth, but it requires line of sight within a 30ft range, and dedicated Intel chipsets in both computer and peripheral(s). Laptop docks were the product segment in which Intel had the greatest hopes for WiGig. The approx $200 docks could connect