Researchers at the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) of Georgia Institute of Technology are working on ultra-fast wireless connectivity solutions. If current efforts eventually lead to success, it could mean the end of the wired computer. The team of researchers propose the use of extremely high radio frequencies to attain broad bandwidth and high data transfer rates. Operating at an unprecedented frequency of 60GHz, the investigators have reached 15Gbps at a distance of one meter, 10Gbps at two meters, and 5Gbps at five meters.
“The ‘multi-gigabit wireless’ technology uses radio frequencies which cannot penetrate walls or even human skin, meaning that it could have significant safety and security advantages."
“The technology could lead to the development of next-generation personal area network applications within three years with commercial applications further down the line.”
“The technology is also backwards compatible with current WiFi technology because it involves modifying existing wireless LAN system architecture, making CMOS RF circuitry more effective.”
If such a technology could be mainstreamed, computers, MP3 players, cell phones, and other devices could transfer large amounts of data in short periods of time. For instance, a DVD movie could be downloaded to a mobile phone in just 5 seconds at a transfer rate of 10Gbps. Over the next year, the team hopes to double both speed and range. Although GEDC's developments show some promise of making the PC completely wireless, you obviously still need that power cord.