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LG breaks records with its "6G terahertz" wireless data tech in partnership with Fraunhofer HHI

LG and Fraunhofer HHI collaborate on 6G tech. (Source: LG)
LG and Fraunhofer HHI collaborate on 6G tech. (Source: LG)
5G is touted as capable of delivering multi-gigabit per second (Gb/s) downloads; however, some proponents of its next generation assert that it will scale mobile data speeds up to terabit (Tb) speeds. LG purports to have gotten even closer to this kind of future with the latest demo of what is known as "6G THz (or terahertz) data" at Berlin's Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI). Furthermore, the partners assert that it has worked over the longest distance outdoors recorded to date.

LG asserts that it "has reaffirmed its global leadership in mobile network technology" (which, as it now no longer makes smartphones, is just slightly ironic) with its latest breakthrough achieved as a result of the 6G project it has established at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) as well as the HHI in Berlin.

The partners in next-gen mobile-data research and development claims to have completed its latest successful test of what they call "6G THz" data, sent and received at a 155-175 gigahertz (GHz) frequency range, moreover (whereas commercial 5G bands tend to top out at ~41GHz).

Therefore, LG and the Fraunhofer HHI are confident these results can help bring 6G closer to commercialization than ever before, particularly as they involve a new maximum distance of 320 meters (m, or about 1,050 feet), compared to the Institute's previous record of 100m (328 feet) from August 2021.

Dr. Kim Byoung-hoon, an executive vice-president at LG Electronics, thus touts the new milestone as "one step closer to realizing 6G speeds of 1 terabit per second (Tb/s) in both indoor and outdoor urban areas”.

On the other hand, the test required a custom multi-channel power amplifier with an output of more than 20 decibel-milliwatts (dBm), leaving one to wonder at the resources that might become necessary to upgrade or convert infrastructure to a one-day 6G standard. Then again, that is not projected to start happening until 2029 at the earliest.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-09-14 (Update: 2022-09-14)