Samsung Electronics launched 6G trials in the United States

Samsung Electronics has recently launched the sixth-generation mobile communications (6G) project trial in the United States. Samsung American Research Center (SRA) has applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a test frequency license and has been approved. Samsung Electronics plans to test whether it is possible to use 6G smartphones to communicate with base stations in medium and long distances.

Samsung Electronics will use radio waves with a bandwidth of 133 to 148 gigahertz (GHz) in the U.S. laboratory in Texas, USA. Samsung Electronics released a 6G white paper in July last year, outlining the company's 6G vision, which is to bring the next super-connected experience to every corner of life. In order to accelerate 6G research, Samsung Research Institute, an advanced R&D center in Samsung Electronics’ terminal product business, established an Advanced Communications Research Center in May 2019.

In June of this year, Samsung Electronics announced a collaboration with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to demonstrate a 6G Terahertz (THz) wireless communication prototype system and demonstrate an end-to-end 140GHz wireless connection using a fully digital beamforming solution.

At present, the working frequency of 5G communication is as high as about 40GHz, but 6G will push the frequency to above 100GHz and develop the unused terahertz spectrum. New technologies will also increase bandwidth. The maximum bandwidth of 5G is about 400MHz.

In the new test, researchers from Samsung and the University of California, Santa Barbara demonstrated a system with a frequency of 140 GHz and a bandwidth of 2 GHz. They managed to transmit data at a speed of 6.2Gbps at a distance of 15 meters.

This is a great improvement over the 5G speed record of 5.23Gbps, but it is still far below the speed that the 6G theory can achieve-the data transfer rate is as high as 1 Tbps, which is 1000Gbps.

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