60 GHz wireless: Up close and personal

Robert C. Daniels, James N. Murdock, Theodore S. Rappaport, Robert W. Heath

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The millimeter-wave band, especially the unlicensed spectrum at the 60 GHz carrier frequency, is at the spectral frontier of high-bandwidth commercial wireless communication systems. Compared with microwave band communication, spectrum at 60 GHz is plentiful (frequencies of 57-64 GHz are available in North America and Korea, 59-66 GHz in Europe and Japan [1], [2]), but attenuation is more severe (20 dB larger free space path loss due to the order of magnitude increase in carrier frequency, 5-30 dB/km due to atmospheric conditions [3], and higher loss in common building materials [4]). These characteristics make 60 GHz communication most suitable for close-range applications of gigabit wireless data transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5590362
JournalIEEE Microwave Magazine
Issue number7 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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