While Indians are waiting for 5G, Korea already wants to test 6G


While there is no fixed date for how long Indians will be able to use 5G networks, companies have already started working on the next big thing – 6G. While there is no specific timeline set for the standard, LG is ready to showcase its capabilities.

LG has announced that it will showcase research and development achievements in 6G wireless transmission and reception at the 2021 Korea Science and Technology Exhibition. The exhibition will be held from December 22 to December 24 at KINTEX and Ilsan.

At the exhibition, LG will unveil a power amplifier for the 6G, developed in partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer Research Institute. To recall, LG used this power amplifier in August to successfully transmit and receive wireless data over 100 meters in a straight line using the 6G terahertz (THz) frequency band. The test took place in Berlin, Germany.

LG established its LG-KAIST 6G Research Center in collaboration with KAIST in 2019. Along with this, the company wants to show its commitment towards 6G exploration and development. This is interesting, considering that LG recently spun off its mobile division.

This may all sound pretty impressive, don’t expect 6G to arrive very soon. According to various reports, 6G standardization will start around 2025 and will be made available for commercial purposes in 2029.

Why are power amplifiers necessary for 6G?

6G uses terahertz wireless transmission/reception technology and operates between the 100 GHz and 10 THz frequency bands. This helps enable ultra-high-speed data transmission rates of up to 1 terabit per second. However, due to this, its frequency is low. To solve this, power amplifiers will be needed.

In addition, LG Electronics collaborated with Keysight Technologies Inc. to demonstrate “Adaptive Beamforming” technology. The technology converts beam directions according to channel changes and receiver position. They also introduced full-duplex (FDR) technology, which can transmit and receive simultaneously in the same frequency band.

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