New 60 GHz Radio Technology Penetrates Through Walls to Make Cabling Redundant

Airvine Scientific, a millimeter-wave wireless communication solution provider introduced its patented 60 GHz radio technology that can penetrate through walls to deliver an all-wireless, ultra-high capacity enterprise network backbone. Innovation in 60 GHz wireless realm has so far been underwhelming. This Silicon Valley-based startup claims to have reinvented the category. Airvine’s superfast 60 GHz backbone technology is looking to replace indoor network cabling altogether. As we go up in frequency, signal propagation becomes more of a challenge. This challenge will also be seen with 5G which will use mm-wave frequency bands. A solution to high-frequency indoor propagation will be a game changer for the industry. Airvine claims that the value of its addressable market could exceed USD $10 Billion in over 5 years.

Airvine’sWaveTunnel’ creates an ultra-high capacity backbone (for example to connect Wi-Fi APs) that blasts through walls. The network can be reconfigured in hours and sometimes in minutes. Airvine technology not only replaces or adds to existing enterprise cabling infrastructure but offers a range of other big benefits such as faster speeds, fast reconfigurations, and all of this at a cost much lower than for example deploying fiber infrastructure.

The system is Cloud-managed and deployed as a ‘wireless freeway’ (ring and spine) of self-organizing 60 GHz WaveTunnel nodes delivering multi-gigabit capacity at an inter-node distance of up to 100 meters including walls as obstacles to line-of-sight, Airvine says. The company’s secret sauce is the design of the RF subsystem, modem, and sophisticated antenna array technology that penetrates interior walls using highly directed and steerable beams.

Airvine says the technology to develop this type of radio network backbone at low cost has only recently become available and that they are thus far the only company developing such products. Three patents have been awarded to Airvine with a fourth pending, the company.

First phase use cases for this technology include warehouses, premium housing, heritage buildings, K-12 education, and in some cases even higher education campus networks. It can cost thousands of dollars for a campus network to move a workstation cluster just a hundred feet. With WaveTunnel location changes like this are virtually free. In later phases of market development, Airvine expects the addressable segments to include convention centers, malls, corporate buildings, and healthcare facilities.