Samsung readies new 60GHz Wi-Fi offering five times peak speeds

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Samsung is developing 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, which it said will deliver speeds 10 times as quick as existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz technologies.

The manufacturer said it is able to do so by removing co-channel interference, even if a large number of devices are using the same network. It said current 60GHz technology suffers from poor signal and data performance because millimetre waves that travel via line of sight are poor at penetrating buildings and can suffer from path loss.

Samsung said it has overcome these problems by using millimetre wave circuit design and new modem technologies, in addition to developing wide coverage beam-forming antennae.

It said it was also able to improve the signal quality of a wi-fi network by developing the "world's first" micro beam-forming control technology. It said this optimises the communications module in less than 1/3000 seconds in the event of environmental changes.

Samsung said the new 802.11ad standard can deliver data speeds of up to 575MB per second, a five fold increase from peak rates currently.

Kim Chang Yong, Head of DMC R&D Center of Samsung Electronics, said: “Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialisation of 60GHz millimetre-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercialising 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.”

The first products featuring the technology are expected to hit the market in 2015. Samsung said audio-visual devices, medical devices and telecoms equipment will be the first to feature the technology, with it also playing a central role in the manufacturer's development of Internet of Things services.

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