Samsung expects to sell devices capable of 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi next year

The Korean giant said it has overcome the issues with 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi, and the standard is now commercially viable.

Samsung is touting the idea of transferring movies between devices in seconds and the streaming of high-definition video as a reality that could be with us in 2015, as the Korean conglomerate has branded the 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi standard as one that is now "commercially viable".

The company said that 802.11ad will allow for transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, and with the elimination of co-channel interference, peak data speeds will be closer to the theoretical maximum.

"Actual speed that is more than 10 times faster than that of 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi technologies," Samsung said in its announcement over the weekend.

Operating with waves of a much higher frequency than other Wi-Fi standards has meant that data transmission is typically done through line of sight, with walls often severely diminishing the signal, but Samsung said that a combination of millimeter-wave circuit design, wide-coverage beam-forming antenna, and the world's first micro beam-forming control technology has unlocked the Wi-Fi standard.

"Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialisation of 60GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercialising this breakthrough technology," said Kim Chang Yong, head of the DMC R&D centre of Samsung Electronics. "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."

As Samsung pushes ahead with Wi-Fi technology, it was revealed earlier this month that the Korean giant is paying $1 billion per year in patent royalties to Microsoft for the use of Redmond-owned intellectual property contained within Android.

Microsoft and Samsung are currently in court to decide whether Microsoft's purchase of Nokia voided the patent agreement between the companies, as the Korean giant is claiming.

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