The engineers from UC, Davis have developed an innovative and high-frequency chip that can reportedly transfer huge amounts of data, tens of GBs to be precise, in just a second. Even the most expeditious of web speeds available right now are way lesser than that.
The chip is designed by an associate lecturer of electrical and computer engineering at the university and a student Hossein Jalili, pursuing a doctorate. They created the chip by making use of the phased array antenna system. What this system does is, it channels and directs the energy from several sources to a particular location.
As per Momeni, it is not an easy job to create phased arrays, particularly at upper-level frequencies. He further said that he and his partner are the pioneers of achieving such a huge amount of bandwidth at this level of frequency. This chip, made by the duo, is a success so far and can function at 370 Gigahertz with a bandwidth of 52 Gigahertz.
The majority of the contemporary electronic devices are made to function at a lower level of frequencies. But, a rise in the demand for quicker ways of communication along with the emergence of new imaging apps are paving ways for the conception of equipment that needs higher frequencies to operate.
Momeni further stated that hypothetically, 4G mobile networks have touched their extreme data rate limit and continual advancement and migration to other systems are increasing the requirement for speed. And higher frequencies indirectly lead to higher data transfer rate.
The duo has shown the world that it is possible to bind the higher bandwidth at millimeter wave and THz bands on a solo small sized chip. This important development can further lead towards the growth of measurable systems, which can further aid in improving multiple technologies like sensing, super-fast communication and so on. So, the future of this chip seems quite promising.