Dell recently announced that availability of the new Dell Wireless Dock, the fist docking station in the industry to be based on the multi-gigabit Tri-Band WiFi standard WiGig. The new wireless docking station is compatible with Dell’s Latitude 6430u Ultrabook and currently sells for $249.
According to Vice President of Dell’s Commercial PC Group Kirk Schell, “We are proud to introduce the Dell Wireless Dock, the industry’s first and only WiGig dock that is the result of a five-year-long leadership effort. WiGig represents a new era in wireless connectivity and a shift in the way enterprises and consumers will experience connectivity and interact with their devices in the future.”
This new WiGig standard can offer speeds of up to 10 times that of the fastest WiFi networks of today. At CES last month, semiconductor maker Wilocity, along with Qualcomm, announced the first multi-gigabit wireless chipset reference architecture based on the new WiGig 60GHz and IEEE 802.11ad standards for high-speed downloads, docking and networking.
The design created by Qualcomm and Wilocity delivers tri-band WiFi, which allows consumers to connect to 60GHz-enabled devices, docks, displays and storage at multi-gigabit speeds while also maintaining enterprise-wide or home coverage using 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi.
This specific docking station from Dell is targeted at offices, meeting rooms and classrooms due to the fact that it offers fast, simple connectivity to displays, projectors, networks, speakers and other peripherals. In addition to that, Dell also said that the docking station has the potential to offer added functionality, like wireless backups, synchronization and file transfers between computers and handheld devices.
This dock supports up to two external displays with both DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity and features peripheral connectivity via three USB 3.0 ports. In addition to that, it also offers voice over IP connectivity through a front audio in/out port at speeds of up to 4.6Gbps.
The Dell Wireless Dock can also be managed with the updated Dell ControlPoint Connection Manager, which also includes both WiGig and Wireless LAN settings. Also, an adapter is available for VGA-based hardware while an Ethernet connector is designed to ensure dedicated, stable bandwidth for fast data transfers and efficient communication with remote locations.
Source: Computer World – Dell releases first wireless ultrabook docking station