Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have demonstrated dramatic improvement to distributed Multiple Input Multiple Output (D-MIMO) networking. Professor Dina Katabi and her team recently showed off what they called MegaMIMO 2.0, which, they claim, can “transfer wireless data more than three times faster than existing systems while also doubling the range of the signal.”
While currently available MIMO systems are based on cooperative multipoint, MegaMIMO uses distributed independent radios, while doing away with the dependency on a single clock. Its hardware is the same size as a standard router, and contains a processor, real-time baseband processing system, and a transceiver. Experiments using the new technology saw data transfer speeds increase by more than 300%. According to MIT, expect MegaMIMO to be commercialized relatively soon.