pCell Promises To Reinvent Wireless with Amazing Speed

Mobile reception at fiber optic speeds, with no dead zones or congestion. ThatEUs the promise of a new technology being unveiled today by Artemis Networks and technology visionary Steve Perlman.

Perlman is the tech pioneer behind the cloud gaming service OnLive and WebTV, a thin client online service that uses a TV for display and is now owned by Microsoft. Through his company Artemis Networks, Perlman is now launching a new way of transmitting and receiving wireless broadband, which he calls pCell -- short for personal cell technology. The preliminary technology was originally called DIDO, and was first announced nearly three years ago. In fact, the Artemis website says the technology has been in development, with a small team working on it now for over a decade.

One difference in the newest iteration of the technology is that instead of a large cell being formed from a radio transmitting cell tower and shared by many devices, a small, device-specific cell is created. This means that rather than multiple devices competing for fixed capacity inside a large and conventional cell, pCell combines transmissions from various pCell stations to create full capacity for each device.

Successor to LTE?

Each device, inside its own bubble cell, can utilize full capacity because the smart transmission has defined a unique signal. Perlman said using this method can achieve fiber-optic speeds, and it also solves the growing problem of slowdown because of congestion by other mobile devices, especially in urban areas.

Perlman has told news media that his technology will be the successor to the current LTE high-speed wireless technology. His lab-based demonstrations have shown such feats as the 4K UltraHD version of NetflixEUs House of Cards series running on LTE mobile devices.

He told Businessweek magazine that his technology's ability to work with existing cell phones EUmeans we...

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