We lust for high-speed data transmission. Whether we want to connect to the Internet, or transfer a file locally from one machine to another, we continue to invest insane amounts of money to upgrade our infrastructure. But still, most of us are usually deprived of our sweet high-speed data transmission by throttling ISPs and limitations of our equipment. We can’t do much about those noble souls who control our Internet speeds, but we can increase our local transmission speeds manifolds by using some specialized devices based on widespread technologies. One such technology is Wi-Fi and it was kinda big deal for us when Samsung Electronics announced the development of its 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, which it claims accelerates data transmission by five times.
Samsung’s tech offers data transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, or 575MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866Mbps, or 108MB per second, the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices, as mentioned in its blog post. They say it would take less than three seconds to transfer a 1gig movie between Wi-Fi enabled devices using their technology.
That sounds really impressive!
The South Korean company’s edition of 60 GHz-based Wi-Fi maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference, regardless of the number of devices using the same network. Samsung says by doing so, their edition 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.
60 GHz-based Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11ad is being endorsed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, of which Samsung is a member. There used to be a Wireless Gigabit Alliance which specifically endorsed development and promotion of the adoption of multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology operating over the unlicensed 60 GHz frequency band.
It was subsumed by the Wi-Fi Alliance some time in 2013, to become one of the largest Wi-Fi product certification organizations.
Apart from their edition of the upcoming Wi-Fi standard, Samsung also announced the development of the world’s first micro beam-forming control technology that optimizes the communications module in less than 1/3,000 seconds, in case of any changes in the communications environment, and the world’s first method that allows multiple devices to connect simultaneously to a network in their blog post.
No information whatsoever regarding the range of this 60 GHz Wi-Fi or the technical details related to any of its ‘world’s first things’ have been provided by Samsung as of now.
According to the official Samsung Electronics blog, Samsung plans to apply this new technology to a wide range of products, including audio visual and medical devices, as well as telecommunications equipment. The technology will also be integral to developments relevant to the Samsung Smart Home and other initiatives related to the Internet of Things.
It is worth mentioning that 60 GHz spectrum is still unlicensed and it’s certainly going to be while before we see some real commercial device capable of utilizing this spectrum.