Last updated on April 25, 2015
Samsung Electronics says it has made a breakthrough in WiFi technology. The company says its 60 GHz WiFi offers a “five-fold increase” from the maximum speed currently used with electronics, allowing for a 1 GB file to be downloaded in less than 3 seconds.
The company says, “Samsung’s new technology removes the gap between theoretical and actual speeds, and exhibits actual speed that is more than 10 times faster than that of 2.4 Ghz and 5GHz WiFi technologies.”
Samsung explains that the new breakthrough in technology means eliminating what it refers to as the “cocktail party problem”, where too many smartphone and tablet signals in one room cause interference.
The downside to their breakthrough is that this faster WiFi does not speed up a consumer’s broadband connection, only the internal network. This means Internet providers will have to get on board with the faster technology as well.
Another note is its short range of just 15 feet. The effective range will not be able to penetrate walls or small obstacles, but will be good for quick content sharing between devices.
Although Samsung has the technology, they were not the company that invented the new WiFi. Officially dubbed “802.11 ad”, the technology was pioneered by WiGig, which was acquired by the WiFi Alliance last year. The technology originally promised 7 GB per second (Gbps), much more than the 4.6 Gbps that Samsung is offering.
802.11 Ad WiFi is not going to replace current wireless networks, only supplement them in 2015. Samsung says they hope to apply the new technology to standard telecommunications equipment and medical and audio visual devices and will be “integral to developments relevant to the Samsung Smart Home and other initiatives related to the Internet of Things,” according to the company.
Kim Chang Yong, head of Samsung’s DMC R&D Center, said in a statement that, “New and innovative changes await Samsung’s next-generation devices, while new possibilities have been opened up for the future development of Wi-Fi technology.”