A technology designed to replace Bluetooth has been developed by a team of researchers at Nanyang Technology Univeristy and A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research. It uses a VIRTUS chipset and is capable of transferring data wirelessly at an unprecedented speed of 2 gigabits per second.
One of the people behind the low powered technology is professor Yeo Kiat Seng, who said: "This ground-breaking mm-wave integrated circuit (IC) technology will have significant commercial impact, enabling a wide range of new applications such as wireless display, mobile-distributed computing, live high-definition video streaming, real-time interactive multi-user gaming, and more".
Because of the comparison to Bluetooth, it's likely that this new millimetre wave technology will be somewhat restricted in terms of its transmission distance. Its use of the 60Ghz band suggests that certain solid objects would cause issues with transmission in the same way as it does with radio frequencies.
Despite these drawbacks, Mr Seng believes that a technology such as this is very much needed: "The demand for ultra high-speed wireless connectivity has fuelled the need for faster data transfer rates. Unfortunately, current technologies are unable to meet these stringent demands. The NTU-I2R team, being at the cutting edge of research and development, has successfully demonstrated an integrated 60GHz chipset for multi-gigabits per second wireless transmission."
As it stands the chips are a little big to hope to integrate them in smartphones without affecting the size of the handset, but given time, this technology will shrink down making it much more versatile. For now though, laptop usage looks more than possible.