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Next-gen wireless up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

IBM Research and Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek are teaming up to develop a chipset for a new wireless transmission protocol that will be able to transfer files at around 2.5 gigabits per second, or up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

IBM Research and Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek are teaming up to develop a chipset for a new wireless transmission protocol that will be able to transfer files at around 2.5 gigabits per second, or up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

IBM says the vision is made feasible by its millimeter wave (mmWave) radio technology which utilises the 60 GHz portion of the radio frequency. IBM has previously demonstrated prototype chipsets the size of a dime that is able to wirelessly transmit an uncompressed stream of HD video.

Excerpt from PC World:

The U.S. technology giant will work with MediaTek to further develop the chipsets. IBM will put its mmWave radio chips, antenna and package technology and patents into the venture, while MediaTek will bring its expertise in digital baseband and video processing chips to the table, the companies said in a joint statement.

IBM and MediaTek expects to have something out within three years.

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