Gigabit wireless laser networks invented

Researchers at the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan have developed next generation infrared communication technology based on lasers, which allows wireless communications at speeds up to 1 Gbps.

According to ExtremeTech, the new technology has a remarkably low Bit Error Rate at 10 metres of just one bit per 1 billion, compared to around one per 100,000 for WiFi, and can work over a distance of up to 25 metres.

However, unlike WiFi or Bluetooth, at this stage the new technology is highly directional, meaning that the transmitter and the receiver need to have a precise line of sight in order for the technology to work.

While the consumer applications for the technology in its current form are limited, the researchers believe that it may be a viable option in situations that are sensitive to radio frequency interference, such as aboard planes or in hospitals.

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