You want blazing fast, you’ve got blazing fast. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have managed to create a solution that transfers data wirelessly at an incredible pace of 15Gbps. The downside is that this kind of rocket speed is only possible at a distance of 1 meter. In this way, the “multi-gigabit wireless technology”, as they are calling it, will be more as a replacement for Bluetooth and other close proximity connections, rather than for ridiculously fast WiFi.
At this time, the technology uses unlicensed 60GHz RF frequencies and as the distance increases, the data transfer speed falls off dramatically. Whereas it can achieve the aforementioned 15Gbps at 1 meter, it can only do 10Gbps at 2 meters and 5Gbps at 3 meters. The new standard, should it follow through, will be called 802.15.3C and it will be “cross compatible with FireWire and USB.”
One interesting application would be in the world of home theaters. No longer would you need to actually connect your HDTV to your satellite cable box or PlayStation 3. Wouldn’t that be awesome?