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Ultra high speed wireless for mobile devices

Panasonic has developed wireless technology for mobile devices using ultra high 60 GHz frequency waves, delivering data up to 20 times faster.

Panasonic technologies has unveiled a new wireless data transfer technology, which enables mobile devices to receive and transmit data at an estimated 20 times higher speed as compared to present day wireless technologies.

Hence, with this technology, one can transfer a 30-minute long compressed high definition (HD) video within 10 seconds!

Dubbed WiGig, the new technology uses 60 GHz frequency waves, which have never been used for mobile devices due to their power requirements. The new technology, however, makes it possible to transfer data in this frequency band while keeping power requirements low.

As per the official press release from Panasonic, “This multi-gigabit wireless communication technology consists of a 60 GHz transceiver and a baseband processor, which are integrated individually onto CMOS semiconductor chips through circuit technologies optimised for mobile devices. The technology enables multi-gigabit wireless communication more than 20 times faster than existing wireless LANs by using the 60 GHz frequency band, and through the optimisation of both the transceiver core and peripheral circuits it also enables lower than 1 Watt low-power, multi-gigabit wireless communication in the future.”

The new WiGig wireless technology is compatible with older devices too, so even after the adoption of new technology no hardware overhaul will be required.

In contrast to earlier technologies, the new standard is faster and more reliable as it has the lowest levels of interference noise, and has better Forward Error Correction (FEC) technology to maintain data integrity at high speeds.

The beginning of wireless communications was at 11 Mbps offered by WiFi standard B, which was replaced by WiFi standard G offering speeds of up to 54 Mbps. Later, standard N came along, and that actually initiated wireless giga bit data transfers with the use of 5 GHz frequency bands.

This new standard of wireless data transfer between mobile devices is still to be adopted on a large scale but the technology’s future looks positive as the IEEE group has identified it as the next standard for wireless data communication and has developed the draft standard IEEE802.11ad for this.

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