We use more data than ever, thanks to the higher megapixel count on our cameras, the increased bitrate on our music files, the higher resolution of our video files, and so on. We demand more than ever, but we also want this content to be transfered in the most expedient manner possible. 802.11g and 802.11n are fine and all, but some people want to push the envelope even further.
Melbourne University researchers are working on a wireless chip that can effectively offer data speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second. This 5Gbps technology has been named GiFi and it seems to only be able to support that speed at a distance of up to 10 meters. This rate, however, would “allow a full-length high definition movie to be transferred between two devices in seconds.” Seconds!
The 5mm chip itself makes use of currently existing CMOS technology and would cost about $10 to manufacture. GiFi operates over the 60GHz frequency, a band that has largely gone unused thus far. The goal is to have GiFi (jiffy?) ready for the public by 2009.