3. A better 5G switch

Last May, University of Texas at Austin faculty partnered with researchers at the University of Lille in France to build a radio-frequency switch — the thing in smartphones that enables them to switch between different types of wireless networks — that’s 50 times more efficient than what’s in current phone models. That could lead to longer battery lives, higher performance and more reliable applications, like streaming high-definition video. The enhanced switches can also be used to improve almost any internet-connected device or satellite system, researchers said. The University of Texas at Austin has been home to a multidisciplinary research group, the Wireless Networking and Communications Group, since 2002, and the university is continuing to make breakthroughs in 5G.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He’s reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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