IBM produces new high-bandwidth wireless chip

IBM has produced a wireless chip based on the evolving 802.15.3c specification, which is capable of passing high-definition files and other content at distances of up to 10 metres.

IBM has produced a wireless chip based on the evolving 802.15.3c specification, which is capable of passing high-definition files and other content at distances of up to 10 metres.

Current samples of the chip now run at more than 600 megabits per second (mbps). IBM said it aimed to get these speeds up to 1.5 gigabits per second (gbps).

The product is aimed at the conferencing and home consumer market.

The IEEE 802.15.3 Task Group 3c was formed in March 2005. The standard will operate in the new and clear 57-64 GHz unlicensed band, among others.

The task group said the new standard will allow data rates of up to 2gbps.

Applications such as high speed internet access, streaming content download (video-on-demand, HDTV and home theatres for instance), real-time streaming, and wireless data bus products for cable replacement will be served.

Optional data rates in excess of 3gbps are being considered by the group, of which IBM is a member.

The product will rival the Bluetooth short-range wireless technology, which can only transfer data at a maximum of less than 1mbps.

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