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Bringing Smart and Higher-Speed Communication into Our Lives by Supporting WiGig

Smart media, smart phones, smart TVs, smart tablets, we are surrounded by a lot of "smart" devices, and other smart devices may be introduced into our life even tomorrow.

On the other hand, as the devices are smarter, they require higher performance communication among them. We would like to show you "Smart wireless communication"on "Smart Information Communication Technology (ICT)" which strongly supports our "smart" lifestyle.

The Digitized Information Era and the Rise of the Digital Native Generation

Today we are now moving into an era where almost all information can be digitized and accessed via networks such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook regardless of the platform both inside and outdoors. Along with the rise of a new generation of digital natives, the distribution of such rich expressive content will continue to grow, bringing us to a world in which data intensive content is exchanged on a daily basis anywhere. This era depends on smart wireless communication and we, Panasonic, are striving to develop the hi-speed wireless communication technologies that will be the key for this. Panasonic has joined the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (also known as the WiGig) which is an organization promoting the adoption of multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology operating over the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band.

Enabling multi-gigabit, ultra high-speed short range wireless communication technology, or "Gigabit Wireless" will bring us a step closer to making smart ICT possible. By adding Gigabit Wireless capability to mobile devices, data transfer can be performed at any time without even having to be concerned about connectivity.

Goodbye jagged HD movies and irritation at slow data transfers, welcome smooth downloads.

In Home

This technology will eliminate the need for wires among all kinds of information devices, enabling a wireless system with transfer speeds beyond gigabits. Here you can see some examples of applications of the technology in the video.

You can instantly send full HD movies you are enjoying on your mobile to your TV, and instantly send it back to your mobile to watch it anywhere you like. The possibilities for mobile gaming will also expand greatly. By linking a mobile device and a large-screen TV, 3D mobile games can be enjoyed without delay in stunning realism on the large screen.

For competitive gaming, the visuals in real time from your device can be sent to the TV, allowing you to enjoy gaming through your own perspective as well as the competition screen simultaneously. If you're making plans for a family vacation, you can instantly share information about your destination by sending it from your mobile device to your large-screen TV.

You can even manipulate large amounts of data in real time to easily learn more about your destination - and maybe even strengthen your family ties in the process! At your travel destination, usage of Gigabit Wireless content offers even more convenience.

From a content kiosk, you can purchase downloads of Full-HD movies instantly for viewing on your mobile device. Furthermore, you can stream these movies from your device to enjoy them on a larger display.

In Business

In business, time is of utmost importance. The ability to instantly share data-intensive content, even when you are busy, brings about huge advantages in business. Busy business people want to use their time wisely, both inside and outside the office. This technology lets you send large content instantly, wherever you are and whenever you need to.

You can also instantly download videos and other data from content kiosks in the city to your mobile device. This lets you take full advantage of rich content available anywhere with ease.

Background Technologies

To make these Gigabit Wireless applications a reality, we are striving to employ the use of the 60GHz spectrum, which until now has been largely unused. The wavelength in the 60GHz spectrum is in units of millimeters, which is why they are called millimeter waves. They utilize an extremely wide bandwidth that was previously unavailable, which explains the rising expectations for Gigabit Wireless technology. To compare this wide band to a highway, the wider the road, the more things can be transported on it at one time. By effectively utilizing millimeter waves, which allow use of bands more than 100 times wider than conventional wireless LAN (or WiFi) systems, smart ICT through gigabit wireless data transfer can be achieved.

Through technological innovations such as "Direct Conversion" radio architecture, "Digital Assist" circuit technique, "Gigabit Packet Processing", and "Low power consumption I/O", we are working to combine all wireless functions onto a single chip through millimeter wave CMOS technology.

By embedding this chip into modules of small form factors, installation into mobile and other electronic devices can be achieved. In addition, this 60GHz band is being allocated license-free in many countries, so it has great prospects for global expansion in the future. Connecting all kinds of information devices wirelessly. Getting data-intensive rich content instantly. With our Gigabit Wireless technology, made possible by our ultra high-speed short-range wireless communications, we, Panasonic, will make smart ICT possible.

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