Computerworld: The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified new hardware components that could allow mobile devices to connect to one another, even if they aren't currently in a Wi-Fi hot spot. "Wi-Fi Direct is peer-to-peer technology, but you don't need a [Wi-Fi] access point to do this," explained Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa. "Imagine if two people were on a train and wanted to play a game in real time on their separate handhelds but had no cellular or Wi-Fi hot spot. They still could play with Wi-Fi Direct." Wi-Fi direct could also be used to allow salespeople to connect their smartphones or laptops to a projector or for many other business-related purposes.
The first five components certified as Wi-Fi Direct-ready include an Atheros PCI mini card, an Intel Centrino internal PCI half mini card, a reference design from Ralink, a Realtek PCI mini card and a Broadcom BCM43224 module.