Surfing the net with slow Wi-Fi could really be annoying. Samsung might have found a solution to this problem. In the tech world, Samsung is usually called a ‘follower’ rather than a ‘leader’, but maybe we should give it credit where credit is due. This week Samsung announced the development of a new 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that will allow download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, five times the current top speed of 866 Mbps. Such breakneck speeds would enable applications like uncompressed video streaming, wireless docking, or wireless storage. This new Wi-Fi standard termed “802.11 ad” wasn’t invented by Samsung, rather it was pioneered by WiGig. WiGig says that 802.11 ad Wi-Fi would not replace current wireless networks, but supplement them, by providing speedy bursts of connectivity.
The company says that this new Wi-Fi technology will soon allow users to download a 1 GB movie in less than three seconds. Kim Chang Yong, Head of DMC R&D Center of Samsung Electronics says “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.” Samsung also claims to having developed a world first capability of allowing many devices to connect to a network simultaneously. Multiple devices can operate side by side without interference thanks to the high beams formed by 60GHz antennae arrays.
There are some limitations to this technology as well. At 60GHz, walls will become obstacles to Wi-Fi signals, so transmissions will probably be limited to devices within a radius of a few meters. No matter the speed of Wi-Fi transfer, you cannot upload faster than the limitations of your internet connection. Samsung can begin commercial deployment of this amazing technology as soon as next year.
Even hardcore Samsung haters will applaud the company for this innovation. The company plans to apply this technology to a range of electronic products, including medical devices, entertainment systems, telecommunications equipment, and of course the Samsung SmartHome.