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An Overview of Multigigabit Wireless through Millimeter Wave Technology: Potentials and Technical Challenges

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20062007:078907

Received: 14 June 2006

Accepted: 14 September 2006

Published: 10 December 2006


This paper presents an overview of 60 GHz technology and its potentials to provide next generation multigigabit wireless communications systems. We begin by reviewing the state-of-art of the 60 GHz radio. Then, the current status of worldwide regulatory efforts and standardization activities for 60 GHz band is summarized. As a result of the worldwide unlicensed 60 GHz band allocation, a number of key applications can be identified using millimeter-wave technology. Despite of its huge potentials to achieve multigigabit wireless communications, 60 GHz radio presents a series of technical challenges that needs to be resolved before its full deployment. Specifically, we will focus on the link budget analysis from the 60 GHz radio propagation standpoint and highlight the roles of antennas in establishing a reliable 60 GHz radio.


  • Information System
  • Communication System
  • System Application
  • Regulatory Effort
  • Technical Challenge


Authors’ Affiliations

Communication and Wireless Connectivity Labarotory, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Suwon, South Korea
NTT DoCoMo USA Labs, Palo Alto, USA


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