Samsung is claiming a breakthrough with 60GHz WiFi-based technology that allows applications such as streaming uncompressed HD video from mobile devices to TVs in real-time.
The company is getting into the 802.11ad "WiGig" game with initial products expected in 2015. Its technology can deliver up to 4.6 Gbit/s, Samsung claims, which is about five times speedier than the fastest 802.11ac WiFi technology available today.
"Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialization of 60GHz millimeter-wave band WiFi technology, and looks forward to commercializing this breakthrough technology," said Kim Chang Yong, head of DMC R&D Center of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) in a statement.
Light Reading identified 60GHz as a frequency to watch this summer. Samsung is not the only company that is interested in commercializing 60GHz WiGig technology: Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) said it will do something similar with its acquisition of Wilocity this July. (See 60GHz: A Frequency to Watch and Qualcomm Advances WiGig With Wilocity Buy.)
It is quite possible that millimeter wave technology will also play a part in the 5G story as that standard is built. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) appeared to have its eye on that future with its buy-up of startup Alpental in June. (See Google Buys Alpental for Potential 5G Future.)
Not that 60GHz WiGig is without issues: It has less range than standard 5GHz WiFi, can struggle to penetrate walls and faces oxygen absorption challenges beyond 100 meters.
Samsung says that it has got around these issues with a "micro beam forming" antenna technology. Beam forming allows a signal to be directed at a specific user, with the aim of greater range and faster transmissions. The company, however, has not revealed the range of its 802.11ad technology.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) specification for 802.11ad calls for speeds up to 7 Gbit/s over a distance of up to 12 meters. Initial 802.11ad WiGig devices are also expected from other vendors in 2015. (See Wi-Fi Alliance, WiGig Align to Make WiFi Super Fast.)
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading