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Samsung develop Wi-Fi tech that is five times faster

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Samsung is developing tech that can make Wi-Fi data travel five time the current speed.

In a statement released this week, it said its engineers had overcome two significant technical problems that had restricted the transfer of data at well below its theoretical limit of 4.6Gbps.

Experts have said that it could take some time before the tech is available to be built in to gadgets, however it would mean that a 1GB file could be transferred in less than three seconds.

Current Wi-Fi systems use 2.4GHz, and the latest 5GHz, bands, whereas Samsung said its engineers were working on Wi-Fi that operated in the 60GHz band. This is possible through Samsung limiting the amount of interference data travelling on different channels, which is often suffered when multiple devices are connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot or hub.

Kim Chang Yong, Head of DMC R&D Centre of Samsung Electronics, said that,

“Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialization of 60GHz millimetre-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercializing this breakthrough technology.

“New and innovative changes await Samsung’s next-generation devices, while new possibilities have been opened up for the future development of Wi-Fi technology.”

Until the breakthrough there had been significant challenges in commercially adopting 60GHz technology, however improvements to antenna had helped signals travel further and be less susceptible to getting lost while travelling, meaning that data could travel at a rate of 4.6Gbps.

In addition, improvements to antenna had helped signals travel further and be less susceptible to getting lost while travelling. The breakthroughs mean data could travel at a rate of 575MBps (4.6Gbps).

Samsung is planning to use the Wi-Fi tech in TVs, medical devices, phones and smart home appliances by 2015

“With more and more of us using a wide variety of different devices to access our photos, video, and personal data the ability to quickly transfer that data between devices is going to become even more important in the future,” said Stuart Miles, founder of tech news site Pocket-lint.

He added that decisions still needed to be taken on frequency allocations and devices that could use the technology still needed to be built, it will be a couple of years before the technology filters through to our everyday lives.

Source: BBC News

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