Wireless Speed Is Everything, Especially When You Have The Fastest
Shane Blume / 5 years ago
Do you like fast internet? I know I do, some might say speed is everything.
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, were able to break a world record, achieving a wireless transmission of 40 Gbit/s at 240 GHz over a distance of one kilometer (Over one half mile). Of course the testing was most likely in optimal settings, with a clear line of sight, but still it is one heck of a feat of strength! We aren’t really focusing on the distance, as scientists have been able to reach distances further than one kilometer using a long range demonstrator between two skyscrapers in Karlsruhe, Germany. We are focusing on the speed of the transmission of data, which you are only able to reach with a 200-280 GHz, currently they are using a small chip measuring 4 x 1.5 mm², as the size of electronic devices scale with frequency / wavelength.
I really can’t wait until we start seeing our next form of internet hitting the shelves, for the average person there are really only four types of internet. Of course you have, dial-up which people rarely use lacking in speed, reliability etc. Satellite, which unless you are in the middle of nowhere really isn’t practical. DSL, which offers low speeds and is fairly unreliable. And Cable internet which is fast, but it has its own down falls.
Google has started to run with their fiber optical internet connections, but I see it taking several years before it hits a larger customer base. Wireless might be interesting, but I can only see wireless working in tight communities.
Give us your thoughts below, where do you feel the future of data transfer is held?