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Samsung Promises Five Times Faster Wi-Fi In 2015; Will Transfer Movie In Three Seconds Flat

Want faster Wi-Fi? Samsung Electronics Co. is claiming a breakthrough that will bring five-times greater Wi-Fi speeds that will allow the transfer of a 1GB movie in three seconds.

Samsung announced Sunday that 60 GHz technology should be ready for commercialization in 2015 and that it should be available on several products including smartphones, tablets and TVs, as well as medical devices and telecommunications equipment. 

The technology allows the transfer of 575 megabytes-per-second which will allow uncompressed high-definition videos to be streamed from mobile devices to TVs in real-time without buffering.

The current 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard supports transfer up to 108 megabytes per second, which allows for functionality like video streaming, wireless docking and wireless storage on a single device. But 60 GHz Wi-Fi would specially allow for faster transfer speeds between several devices.

The Korean manufacture says that it has been able to bridge the gap between theoretical speeds and practical speeds. Every Wi-Fi router has speeds that it could reach if not interrupted by its maximum network bandwidth. Samsung’s technology essentially takes away the mechanism that caps transfer speeds.

Until now, there have been significant challenges in commercially adopting 60GHz Wi-Fi technology , as millimeter waves that travel by line-of-sight has weak penetration properties and is susceptible to path loss, resulting in poor signal and data performance. By leveraging millimeter-wave circuit design and high performance modem technologies and by developing wide-coverage beam-forming antenna, Samsung was able to successfully achieve the highest quality, commercially viable 60GHz Wi-Fi technology.

Ethan Anderton

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