Imagine sending your entire iTunes collection from your computer to iPod in less than five seconds. According to a September 3, 2007 Associated Press report on CNN.com, Georgia Tech professor Joy Laskar and other scientists at the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) are developing short-range wireless technology that can do just that. The new technology uses extremely high radio frequencies, the unlicensed 60 gigahertz band, to transmit data across short distances-likely to be less than 33 feet. GEDC researchers have achieved transfer rates of 15 gigabits per second across a 1 meter distance.
Philips Electronics N.V. is interested in the new technology:
"There will be a constant pressure for speed and it will never cease," said M. Kursat Kimyacioglu, director of strategy and wireless business development at the semiconductor subsidiary of Philips Electronics NV. "We need much faster wireless data networking technologies to make much faster downloads and back-ups and higher resolution HD video streaming possible.
"He said Philips is looking at using the technology to eliminate cable bundles, but much more research will be needed. The signals don't penetrate walls very well and are too easily disturbed by passing people and pets, Kimyacioglu said."
When will you be able to send your DVD library whizzing between wireless devices? According to the article, 2010 might be the year:
"The research is far from over, Laskar said, but he hopes those challenges can be overcome in the next year or so. If so, the hardware for transferring files could be available by 2009, and new TV sets could be built with the chips the next year."
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