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    Oct 13, 2014

    New Wi-Fi tech 5 times faster


    SAMSUNG Electronics said it has developed Wi-Fi technology that can increase data transmission speeds by five times the maximum rate possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

    The 60GHz Wi-Fi technology will enable a 1GB movie to be transferred between devices in less than three seconds, while allowing uncompressed high-definition videos to be streamed in real time, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

    The technology removes the gap between theoretical and actual speeds, and exhibits actual speeds more than 10 times faster than those of existing Wi-Fi technologies, it said.

    "Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialisation" of the 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, Kim Chang Yong, head of a Samsung research-and-development centre, said in the statement.

    The announcement came as the world's largest smartphone-maker rolls out new products amid growing competition from Apple and Chinese companies.

    Samsung last week said its quarterly operating profit plunged 60 per cent because of stagnating smartphone sales, and has announced a 15.6 trillion won (S$20 billion) investment to build a plant in South Korea to meet demand for semiconductor chips.

    Samsung said commercialisation of the 60GHz Wi-Fi technology is expected as early as next year. It plans to apply its new Wi-Fi technology to a wide range of products, including audio-visual and medical devices, and telecommunications equipment.