IBM is crowing about its new chipset that would allow wireless communication at gigabit speeds. Announced at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, the minuscule component measures just 14mm per side, and includes antennas that will allow data transfers far faster than Bluetooth or WiFi. This announcement, called revolutionary by some, could bring consumer electronics closer to the era of the Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN), where cables are eliminated, even between bandwidth-hungry high-definition devices.
IBM has been on a roll lately, claiming the upcoming Power6 chips will run at speeds heretofore unheard of. It's a lot of big talk.
If IBM can actually bring this completely wireless WPAN concept to life, it's bye-bye Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, all in one swoop. But Big Blue will face resistance from consumer electronics manufacturers who already have big investments in already-existing technology. (Not to mention consumers.)