Bluetooth “replacement” is 1,000 times faster and uses low power
A research team working at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R) have created a revolutionary new high speed wireless technology.
Dubbed the VIRTUS chipset, it can transfer data at 2 gigabits a second using very little power making it a contender for Bluetooth in devices like tablets and smartphones.
The massive bandwidth is due to literally that, massive bandwidth. the microchip transmits data in large packets using millimetre-waves.
The chipset contains an antenna, a transceiver (developed by NTU) and a baseband processor (developed by I²R) and runs at 60GHz. The first live demo of the new chip(s) working in tandem will be to show HD video streaming between devices.
Professor Yeo Kiat Seng of NTU said
“This ground-breaking mm-wave integrated circuit (IC) technology will have significant commercial impact, enabling a wide range of new applications such as wireless display, mobile-distributed computing, live high-definition video streaming, real-time interactive multi-user gaming, and more”.
The VIRTUS chipsets will be showcased at Computex in Taiwan next month.
Such a development should help us in our never-ending battle to adhere to Moore’s law, making things faster, smaller and indeed cheaper, all while using less power. High Five?