LG Electronics Leads Next-Generation 6G THz Band Demonstration

The company can now transmit and receive 6G THz data wirelessly over a distance of 320 meters.

Santiago, Chile. September 2022 — LG Electronics reaffirmed its global leadership in mobile network technology, successfully testing 6G terahertz (THz) wireless data transmission and reception in a frequency range of 155 to 175 GHz, at a distance of 320 meters to the fresh air.

The milestone, achieved on September 7 at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) in Berlin, Germany, represents a significant step towards the commercialization of 6G THz in urban areas, both indoors and outdoors, as the highest standard for cellular since that the coverage of the base stations used in urban areas is a distance of approximately 250 meters in the open air. It’s also a big jump from August last year, when LG showed it could transfer 6G THz data over a distance of 100 meters in open air.

6G, which takes advantage of ultra-wideband frequencies, has a relatively short range and can experience power loss from transmit to receive. To solve these problems, LG and Fraunhofer HHI jointly developed a power amplifier capable of increasing the transmission strength, as well as a receiving element that improves the quality of the incoming signal.

The organizations multichannel power amplifier has an output of more than 20dBm, which represents an increase of more than 5dBm from the solution that LG and Fraunhofer HHI deployed in the previous test. A low-noise reception, signal amplifier that minimizes noise generation was also used. These new technologies have been integrated into LG’s latest module design, which has been simplified to help ease the path to future commercialization.

“With the success of our latest demonstration, we are one step closer to realizing 6G speeds of 1 terabit (TB) per second, both in indoor and outdoor urban areas,” said Dr. Kim Byoung-hoon, CTO and Executive Vice President of LG Electronics, adding that “LG will continue to cooperate with innovative research institutes in the industry to further consolidate its leadership in 6G technology. We expect 6G to be a major driver of future business and new user experiences. There is no place we would rather be than at the forefront of its development.”

LG plans to announce the full results of its latest 6G communications test and present an overview of the technology’s development so far at the upcoming 6G Grand Summit, which will take place at the LG Science Park in Seoul on September 23. The company is organizing the event in collaboration with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS).

Discussions on 6G network standardization are expected to start around 2025, with commercialization of the technology expected in 2029. Compared to 5G wireless networks, 6G will offer much better data transfer speeds with lower latency and higher reliability. .

Global companies are racing to enter the 6G space, given the key role it will play in enabling everything from ultra-realistic mobile holograms to the next phase of IoT and ambient computing, which will deliver more adaptive and personalized services and experiences by connecting organically. people, objects and spaces.

To ensure its continued leadership in 6G, LG Electronics is actively cooperating with respected research institutes, universities, and companies around the world. The company also aims to establish ‘R&D cooperation belts’ for core 6G technologies, working hand in hand with organizations including Fraunhofer HHI, KAIST, KRISS and Keysight Technologies Inc to accelerate the arrival of the next generation of wireless networks. .

Additionally, in June 2021, LG was selected by the Next G Alliance, an initiative of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), to lead an application working group to discuss 6G technologies and guide the future direction of 6G telecommunications services. .

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