Samsung said it is developing Wi-Fi that is five times faster than the maximum possible speed of what’s available today.
Samsung is building 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, which would speed up data transmissions to 4.6 gigabits per second — the equivalent of 575MB per second. That would be a five-fold improvement from today’s maximum of 866 megabits per second, or 108MB per second, the company said Monday in a press release.
In other words, a 1GB file wouldn’t even take three seconds to transfer from device to device.
Samsung said it plans to commercialize the technology as early as next year Samsung said it plans to commercialize the technology as early as next year. It said the faster Wi-Fi would be particularly useful when applied to smart home and Internet of Things devices.
Samsung said 60GHz Wi-Fi had been merely theoretical until now because such signals had trouble penetrating walls.
But now developers are making it a reality, according to the company, by building new antennas and new methods to optimize communications devices.
“Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialization of 60 GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercializing this breakthrough technology,” said Kim Chang Yong, head of Samsung’s research-and-development center, in the announcement.
By Rex Santus