Samsung announces new 60GHz Wi-Fi technology with speeds of up to 575MB/s

Samsung has proven time and time again to be a company that is constantly focused on delivering revolutionary products and creating innovative technology solutions. Their latest ground braking development is a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology which accelerates data transmission by five times. The current maximum Wi-Fi speed allowed by existing market devices is of 866Mbps, or 108MB/s – which is the actual maximum speed available at this time, hardly ever reached. Samsung Electronics are planning to introduce a five-fold increase with the employment of this technology, from 866Mbps, or 108MB/s to 4.6Gbps, or 575MB/s. This will allow a lighting-fast data transfer; for instance, a 1GB movie will be transferred in less than three seconds between devices, while uncompressed HD videos will be easily streamed from mobile devices to TVs in real-time, with no delays whatsoever.     

“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 DMC R&D Center of Samsung Electronics. “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’s 802.11ad standard 60GHz Wi-Fi technology will separate itself from the existing 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi technologies by maintaining constant maximum speeds – a feat that is allowed by disabling co-channel interference, regardless of the number of devices using the same network. Therefore, Samsung’s new 60GHz Wi-Fi will eliminate the gap between theoretical and actual speeds to output a speed that is 10 times higher than that of 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz technologies.

60GHz Wi-Fi technology proved very challenging to commercially implement up to this point, due to weak permeation capabilities of millimeter waves travelling across the line-of-sight, resulting in signal loss and poor performance. Samsung managed to eliminate these barriers by “leveraging millimeter-wave circuit design and high performance modem technologies and by developing wide-coverage beam-forming antenna.” On top of this, the Korean giant also enhanced the overall signal quality by creating 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. The 60GHz band spectrum remains unlicensed across the world, and is expected to receive a green light for next year. A wide range of Samsung products will be utilizing this new technology, from audio-visual and medical devices to telecommunications equipment.