Wireless systems to rapidly transmit high-definition films come closer to reality

January 25th, 2009 - 11:15 am ICT by ANI  

Washington, January 25 (ANI): Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have reached a step closer to realising rapid transfer of a high-definition movie from a PC to a cell phone, along with a host of other media and data possibilities, for they have produced a CMOS chip capable of transmitting 60 GHz digital RF signals.
Experts at the Institute’’s Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) say that this chip design could speed-up commercialisation of high-speed, short-range wireless applications, thanks to the low cost and power consumption of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology.
The researchers reckon that their system can find applications in virtually wireless desktop-computer set-ups and data centres, wireless home DVD systems, and in-store kiosks that transfer movies to handheld devices in seconds.
According to them, it may also be possible to move gigabytes of photos or video from a camera to a PC almost instantly.
“We believe this new standard represents a major step forward. Consumers could see products capable of ultra-fast short-range data transfer within two or three years,” said Joy Laskar, a member of the Ecma 60 GHz standards committee and director of the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at Georgia Tech.
The researchers claim that their chip is the first 60GHz embedded chip for multimedia multi-gigabit wireless use. It unites 60GHz CMOS digital radio capability and multi-gigabit signal processing in an ultra-compact package, they say.
Laskar said: “(The new technology) represents the highest level of integration for 60GHz wireless single-chip solutions. It offers the lowest energy per bit transmitted wirelessly at multi-gigabit data rates reported to date.”
The specifications for this technology are expected to be published as an ISO standard this year. (ANI)

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