Japanese engineers have created a device capable of simultaneously transmitting electrical power and 5G communications signals.
The 5G network signal transmitter and receiver is completely wireless and features high power conversion efficiency, as well as long-range and wide-angle transmissions.
Since Nikola Tesla first proposed the idea of wireless transmission of electricity, many efforts have been made to explore this concept for different applications.
5G technology has brought a new way to do this, but previous attempts have run into the same obstacles most wireless devices face: short transmission distances and a fixed direction in which power can be received.
A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology has now created a 5G transceiver that overcomes both problems.
“The millimeter wave wireless power transmission system is a promising solution for the mass Internet of Things, but it has been hampered by technical problems. Therefore, we have been able to make significant progress in producing a highly efficient 5G transceiver with wide angles and distances. said Professor Atsushi Shiran.
Energy and networks for the Internet of things
The power/data transmitter/receiver has two modes of operation. When starting up in receive mode, the phone receives a 5G signal and a millimeter wave power signal. This power signal energizes and powers the system. The phone then enters broadcast mode and sends the 5G signal in the same direction it was initially received.
Therefore, a device like this can easily connect and become part of the Internet of Things without the need for a separate connection point, unlike most devices today. You can still transmit power at a wide range of angles and distances.
“This was the world’s first simultaneous reception of power signals and packet-routed communications. We truly believe that technology like this can revolutionize the Internet of Things and free it from the constraints that limit it today,” said Sheeran.
As 5G networks begin to appear on the Internet, the reach of the Internet of Things is expected to increase. With thousands of additional devices on the network, there is a growing need to make wireless devices that can work with 5G signals, and their transceiver is the best solution yet developed for this purpose, the team says.