Samsung Electronics said it has developed Wi-Fi technology using the 60 GHz WiGig standard that can transmit data at 4.6 Gbps. That is around five times faster than existing peak 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds of around 866 Mbps.
Samsung said the technology will let users transmit a 1 GB movie between devices in less than three seconds, and that uncompressed HD videos can be streamed from mobile devices to TVs in real time without any delay. Samsung plans to commercialize the technology as early as next year.
The 60 GHz WiGig specification was developed by the WiGig Alliance, which subsequently merged with the Wi-Fi Alliance, making WiGig part of the Wi-Fi family of specs. WiGig is standardized as IEEE 802.11ad.
Samsung said its 802.11ad technology maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference, no matter how many devices are accessing network. Thus, the conglomerate said the technology removes the gap between theoretical and actual speeds.
In a statement, Samsung noted that there are challenges in commercializing 60 GHz Wi-Fi because millimeter waves that travel by line-of-sight have weak propagation characteristics and are susceptible to path loss, resulting in poor signal and data performance. However, Samsung said that by leveraging millimeter-wave circuit design and high performance modem technologies, and by developing wide-coverage beam-forming antenna, it was able to produce high-performance 60 GHz technology.
Chipset companies, from behemoths like Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) down to small, fabless semiconductor firms like Nitero, are developing 802.11ad chipsets for commercial smartphones for next year.
Samsung said it plans to put its 802.11ad technology in a variety of devices, including audio visual and medical devices, as well as telecommunications equipment. The company also said it will be important in the smart home and Internet of Things markets.
- see this Samsung release
- see this Telecoms.com article
- see this Bloomberg article
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