Samsung Electronics has announced the development of a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that enables data transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps.
The new Wi-Fi technology offers a five-fold increase from 866Mbps – the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.
“As a result, a 1GB movie will take less than three seconds to transfer between devices, while uncompressed high-definition videos can easily be streamed from mobile devices to TVs in real-time without any delay,” Samsung said in a press statement.
“Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialization of 60GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercializing this breakthrough technology,” said Kim Chang Yong, Head of the DMC R&D Center at Samsung Electronics.
Unlike the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi technologies, Samsung’s 802.11ad standard 60GHz Wi-Fi technology maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference, regardless of the number of devices using the same network.
By doing so, Samsung’s new technology removes the gap between theoretical and actual speeds, and exhibits actual speed that is more than 10-times faster than that of 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi technologies.
Samsung said that until now, there have been significant challenges in commercially adopting 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, as millimeter waves that travel by line-of-sight have weak penetration properties and are susceptible to path loss, resulting in poor signal and data performance.
“By leveraging millimeter-wave circuit design and high-performance modem technologies and by developing wide-coverage beam-forming antenna, Samsung was able to successfully achieve the highest quality, commercially viable 60GHz Wi-Fi technology,” said Samsung.
Samsung also enhanced the overall signal quality by developing the world’s first micro beam-forming control technology that optimizes the communications module in less than 1/3,000 of a second, in case of any changes in the communications environment.
Samsung plans to apply this new technology to a wide range of products, including audio visual and medical devices, as well as telecommunications equipment.
Commercialization is expected as early as next year (2015).