Research Boosts Wireless Data Transfer

Could computer wires become extinct soon? Scientists at the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at Georgia Tech are looking at that possibility, with the use of extremely high radio frequencies. Prof. Joy Laskar, GEDC director and one of the lead researchers on the project, said the study aims to “maximize data throughput to make possible a host of new wireless applications for home and office connectivity.”

The research involves RF frequencies around 60 GHz, which anyone can freely use as they are unlicensed. So far, GEDC scientists have seen wireless data-transfer rates of 15 Gbps over a 1-meter distance, 10 Gbps at 2 meters and 5 Gbps at 5 meters. Laskar is optimistic that very rapid peer-to-peer data connections will emerge in the near future, possibly within two years. Such technology can benefit devices like external hard drives, laptops, MP3 players, cell phones, and commercial kiosks that need to transmit large data volume in seconds.
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