With 5G networks becoming widely popular, the researchers are all set to develop the next generation of communication technology. LG Electronics recently announced the successful development of its 6G, transmitting terahertz-range (THz) data outdoors over a distance of 100m, or 328ft. 6G (THz).
This is considered a breakthrough in LG’ technological career. In a press release, the Korean electronics giant said it was achieved in collaboration with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany, with the data travelling between Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and Berlin Institute of Technology buildings.
The biggest advantages of 6G technology are faster data transfer rates and lower latencies. Theoretically, 6G data rates are expected to be 50 times faster than 5G, while latency drops to about 10 percent of 5G’s.
6G signals were beamed between two buildings over 100 m (328 ft), marking a distance record. LG has beaten Samsung’s previous record of demonstrating indoor data transmission over 15 m in the 140 GHz band.
The problem with 6G THz is that it has a limited range. Therefore, various systems were tested to improve the signal range. Luckily, the test was solved using a power amplifier developed in cooperation with Fraunhofer HHI and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics, according to LG. The amplifier can produce a stable signal up to 15dBm (decibel-milliwatts) in frequencies between 155 and 175GHz.
“The success of this test demonstrates that we are ever closer to the successful application of terahertz radio communication spectrum in the upcoming 6G era,” says Dr I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics.
Just don’t get rid of your 5G phones yet; 6G would become a global standard in 2025 and is anticipated to hit the commercial market sometime between 2025 and 2029. However, Samsung is aiming to deliver 6G in 2028, 1Gbps of speed.