Chinese team develops simple chip for visible light communication

A team at Tianjin and Chongqing supported by CAE Academician QI Jiangxing presented a chip set consisting of a visible light optoelectronic front-end chip and a digital baseband chip. It can support high-speed transmission of Gbits per second, and is fully compatible with mainstream high-speed interface protocol standards. It can support indoor ultra-wideband information networks, home smart services based on virtual reality, high-speed wireless data transmission, ¬†also underwater, and mobile communication in special areas. Whereas communication speed was initially limited to only a few tens of KB per second, the People’s Liberation Army Information Engineering University now seems to hold a record for real-time communication rate of 50 Gbps. After scaling, this chip will be very cheap, making communication without spending money feasible. According to a “2014 European Visible Light Communication Organization Market Research Report”, the visible light communication industry might exceed 200 billion US dollars in 2022.

Japan JST China news release, August 28, 2018

Chinese team develops simple chip for visible light communication
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