Samsung Breaks The Wi-Fi Speed Barrier
Samsung states its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enables data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second.
That is a fivefold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.
In practical terms, Samsung states this means a 1 GB movie will take less than three seconds to transfer between devices, while uncompressed HD videos can “easily be streamed from mobile devices to TVs in real-time without any delay”.
Unlike the existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi technologies, Samsung states its 802.11ad standard 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference, regardless of the number of devices using the same network.
In doing so, the technology removes the gap between theoretical and actual speeds, exhibiting speed more than 10 times faster than that of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz technologies.
“Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialisation of 60 GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercialising this breakthrough technology,” Kim Chang Yong, Samsung Electronics DMC R&D centre head, commented upon announcement of the development.
“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.”
Samsung stated it plans to apply the 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, along with initiatives related to the Internet of Things, Samsung added.