5G is already a reality for at least three years, but there are still a lot of countries that are yet to deploy their 5G networks. However, the technology is always evolving and it can’t simply wait for the slowpoke. This means, that several companies are already working on the next big thing – 6G. In fact, the development and research for 6G have started while 5G was still giving its first steps. There is no timeline for the arrival of this standard, but companies like LG are already here to demonstrate the capabilities of the sixth-generation network.
LG has announced that it is taking part in the “2021 Korea Science and Technology Exhibition” held at KINTEX and Ilsan from 22nd to 24th December to demonstrate the Research and Development achievements in 6G wireless transmission and reception. At this event, LG is unveiling a power amplifier for 6G for the first time. It was jointly developed with Germany’s Fraunhofer Research Institute. LG used this power amplifier in Berlin, Germany in August to successfully transmit and receive wireless data over 100 meters in a straight line outdoors using the 6G terahertz (THz) frequency band.
LG expects 6G standardization to begin in 2025
The Terahertz wireless transmission/reception technology utilizes a frequency band between 100 GHz and 10 THz to enable an ultra-high-speed data transmissions rate of up to 1 terabit per second. In order to solve problems such as short frequency reach and severe power loss in the antenna transmission/reception process. For that reason, the development of a power amplifier is necessary for ultra-wideband wireless communication in such a high-frequency band.
LG Electronics and Keysight Technologies Inc., a global wireless communication test and measurement equipment manufacturer, also demonstrated “Adaptive beamforming” technology. It converts beam directions according to channel changes and receiver positions. The company has introduced full-duplex (FDR) technology that can transmit and receive simultaneously in the same frequency band.
Although it sounds promising, don’t hold your breath for the 6G connectivity just yet. As per the reports, the 6G will only go commercial in 2029, and the standardization will start around 2025. LG has established its “LG-KAIST 6G Research Center” with KAIST in 2019. It’s interesting to see LG expanding its business into the 6G exploration and development. The company lost its mobile division. However, in the future may have some importance in the mobile segment due to its 6G solutions.