AT&T, Nvidia, Samsung America, Qualcomm and InterDigital have thrown their weight behind a 6G research project in the United States as the global battle for leadership in wireless technology continues to intensify after 5G.
The center at the University of Texas will be called 6G @ UT and aims to lay the groundwork for the new technology.
Each of the founding companies will sponsor at least two specific three-year projects, together with work with academia for the development of modern technologies. These include new detection methods, wireless-specific machine learning algorithms, and network innovations.
Announcing the start of the project, the University of Texas Wireless Networks and Communications Group noted that the facility was created in an attempt to “strengthen its leadership in wireless innovation” with new technologies, including self-driving cars, flying taxis and holographic conferences on the horizon.
He also noted that part of the study would cover the use of terahertz bands, which he said would “allow carriers to better monitor the quality of their networks in a variety of locations, from office towers to busy urban areas to remote rural areas”. .
Next-generation networks “will be loaded with radar, visual, audio, lidar, thermal, seismic and broadband software-defined radio sensors, which will provide unprecedented awareness of the situation of applications and devices running on the network,” the university added.
The project is last move in the race to 6G with alliances of large corporations,, governments and research facilities that compete to guide the development of new network technology, begin to develop use cases, and shape the latest wireless technologies.
Notable steps include the US-led collaboration of The Next G Alliance RISE-6G research project in the European Union and various state-sponsored research and development activities in China.