Thursday, 19 February 2009 15:46

World-first Gigabit wireless chip technology demonstrated

NICTA, Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre, has held the first public demonstration of a prototype system using a 60GHz Gigabit wireless (GiFi) chip technology. The demonstration of wireless technology claimed to be an order of magnitude faster than anything to date comes after a research effort spanning four years, involving a team of 15 researchers.

The GiFi chip is the world’s first transceiver integrated on a single chip operating at 60GHz on the CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) process, the most common semiconductor technology.

The breakthrough is expected to lead to wirelessly connected environments that will enjoy audio and video transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, ten times the current maximum wireless transfer rate, at one-tenth the cost.
NICTA released the chipset last year and today’s demonstration is the first time it has been on public display. In the future, Gigabit wireless technology will be used to show DVD movies on High Definition Digital TV without a wired connection and for very fast downloads of content from devices such as PDAs, games consoles and wireless digital cameras.
“Today, we will be demonstrating the transmission of wireless video using the 60GHz chipset,” explained NICTA’s Gigabit Wireless Project Leader Professor Stan Skafidas.

“Our achievement resulted from understanding emerging technology trends, bringing together a team with the right knowledge and skills and collaborating with key industry players,”
“I am delighted with the progress our Gigabit Wireless team has made,” said NICTA Chief Executive Officer Dr David Skellern.

“Their success reflects the talent of the people involved and NICTA’s determination to undertake imaginative, use-inspired research to build and sustain Australia’s future digital economy.”


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Stan Beer


Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.



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