Samsung has announced that is has made a breakthrough in the development of 60GHz WiFi technology, which it says will provide data transfer speeds of up to 4.6Gbps. This would theoretically mean that information would be moving across the network faster than most HDDs are capable of writing the data to disk. According to the Korean company, the new technology will allow for better streaming of high definition video between devices.
Most WiFi currently exists in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Both of which are relatively stable, but more importantly have a wavelength that is capable of penetration concrete walls without losing too much signal strength. The 60GHz spectrum generally has poor penetration properties, but Samsung appears to have solved this issue by building a new form of antenna to reduce data loss and boost signal strength.
The company points out that the 60GHz spectrum is as of yet still unlicensed across the world and intends to go into full commercial production of the new standard by next year. Samsung says that the technology will feature in a wide range of products including audio-visual devices, medical technology, and (unsurprisingly) mobile communications. Of course, this still means that an entire household would have to be equipped with Samsung products to fully benefit from the new WiFi technology.