[AI] Wireless ways for high-speed file swaps

renuka warriar erenuka at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 23:26:56 EST 2008

oh!!!!, you are the third person to post this news.

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From: "Rahul Gambhir" <rahulgambhir.ster at gmail.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 12:01 AM
Subject: [AI] Wireless ways for high-speed file swaps

> Wireless ways for high-speed file swaps
> New wireless personal networks promise ultra-fast data exchange over short 
> distances
> Illustration: NICTA
> Gigabit wireless: The Gi-Fi integrated wireless transceiver chip developed 
> at the National ICT Research Centre, Australia. -
> Move over Wi-Fi, Gi-Fi is here! They are not putting it quite that way, 
> but recent developments hold out the hope that very large video and other 
> files,
> can be swapped within seconds, by wireless devices operating over a few 
> metres, in largely unused and unlicensed higher frequency bands.
> First tangible evidence
> The first tangible evidence that Gi-Fi (the 'Gi' is for gigabit data 
> rates) might be more than just a neat new acronym, came from Australia 
> last week. Researchers
> at the Victoria Research Laboratory of National Information and 
> Communication Technology Australia Ltd (NICTA), announced that they had 
> developed the world's
> first transmitter-receiver integrated on a single chip, operating at 60 
> GHz and fabricated using the complementary metal oxide semiconductor 
> (CMOS) process.
> (http://nicta.com.au/news/current )
> The chip, just 5 mm per side, has a tiny 1 mm antenna and uses the 60 GHz 
> 'millimetre-wave' spectrum - an unlicensed band of 7 GHz between 57 GHZ 
> and 64GHz.
> NICTA's CEO David Skellern says the technology will allow the wireless 
> transfer of audio and video files at rates up to 5 gigabits per second. 
> almost ten
> times faster than what is currently possible. And the fabrication which 
> uses a 130 nanometre CMOS process, may lead eventually to chips priced as 
> low as
> $10.
> There are a number of firsts here: One, developing high frequency radio 
> components in a standard CMOS process rather than in silicon seems to be a 
> major
> achievement. If the process can be scaled up, it holds out the possibility 
> of low cost, low power chips which are also very high broadband.
> To get a feel for the scale of achievement, consider the best we can 
> achieve with today's incumbent wireless technologies, Wi-Fi ,Wi-MAX or 
> Bluetooth.
> WiFi (WLAN, 802.11) operates in the 2.4 GHz band, has transfer rates of 
> between 11 MBPS and 55 MBPS. WiMAX ( 802.16WiMAX) operates in the 2-11 GHz 
> band
> and achieves data rates of up to 70 MBPS. Bluetooth (802.15Bluetooth) 
> whose operational ranges are comparable to what can be achieved by the 
> Australian
> Gi-Fi chip, is typically capable of 20 KBPS to 200 KBPS and in its fastest 
> version, peaks at 55 MBPS. Second, this is one of the first practical 
> applications
> in the band of what is being known as mw-WPAN, that is, millimeter wave 
> Wireless Personal Area Network. or 802.15.3 to give it the correct 
> designation.
> An IEEE Task Group no. 3C was formed in 2005 to develop this new WPAN 
> alternative which promises to harness a relatively uncrowded, unlicensed 
> band while
> offering the hope of data rates of at least 1 GBPS and typically 2 GBPS or 
> better. (see entries for Task Group 3C at
> http://www.ieee802.org/15/
> for technical details and future roadmap).
> The potential of mw-WPAN for ultra fast data exchange has prompted 
> companies like Intel, LG, Matsushita (Panasonic), NEC, Samsung, SiBEAM, 
> Sony and Toshiba
> to form WirelessHD, an industry-led effort to define a specification for 
> the next generation wireless digital network interface for consumer 
> electronics
> products. Specifically, WirelessHD has a stated goal of enabling wireless 
> connectivity for streaming high-definition content between source devices 
> and
> high-definition displays. ( see
> http://www.wirelesshd.org ).
> In fact the NICTA effort, says its Gigabit Wireless Project leader Prof 
> Stan Skafidas, has been supported by key industry players like IBM, 
> Synopsys, Cadence,
> Anritsu, Aglent, Microsoft and SUSS MicroTec, so clearly there is industry 
> interest in exploiting any technology that might boost data rates and drop 
> product
> costs, ten fold. an enticing possibility.
> Usable prototypes
> In an indoor environment, the NICTA Gi-Fi device ( usable prototypes may 
> be less than a year away) is expected to work over a distance of up to 10 
> metres.
> which puts it somewhere between Bluetooth and WiFi, range-wise. What will 
> it do for you and me? Consumers could typically download a high definition 
> movie
> from a kiosk in a matter of seconds to a music player or smart phone and 
> having got home, could play it on a home theatre system or store it on a 
> home
> server for future viewing, again within a few seconds.
> Maybe, it's not that premature to say, "WiFi, it's time to move over, the 
> competition is here!"
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