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IEEE 802.15.3c-2009, Standard for Information Technology-Telecommunications and Information Exchange between systems-Local and Metropolitan networks-Specific requirements-Part 15.3: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)Specifications for High Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs): Millimeter-wave based Alternative Physical Layer Extension Amendment is ratified by Standards Board of IEEE. To access IEEE 802.15.3c-2009, please visit IEEE Xplore . We thank all members of IEEE 802.15.3c Task Group and contributors to the standard for their efforts.


The IEEE 802.15.3 Task Group 3c (TG3c) was formed in March 2005. TG3c developed a millimeter-wave-based alternative physical layer (PHY) for the existing 802.15.3 Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) Standard 802.15.3-2003. This mmWave WPAN operates in the new and clear band including 57-64 GHz unlicensed band defined by FCC 47 CFR 15.255. In addition, the millimeter-wave WPAN supports high data rate at least 1 Gbps applications such as high speed internet access, streaming content download (video on demand, home theater, etc.). Very high data rates in excess of 2 Gbps in option is provided for simultaneous time dependent applications such as real time multiple HDTV video stream and wireless data bus for cable replacement.

Current Status

The task group was placed into hibernation after the November 2009 plenary session in Atlanta.


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