We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
78,629 News Articles

Wireless USB devices to appear this year

Specifications for wireless USB 1.0 to be final soon, Intel says

Version 1.0 of the Wireless USB specification, which is being promoted as the successor to the USB data transfer method between electronics devices, should be approved by 15 May, according to an Intel spokesperson.

The Wireless USB specification provides for a data transfer speed of 480Mbps (megabits per second) over distances of about 3 yards, and it will work at lower speeds up to a distance of about 11 yards.

A candidate Version 1.0 specification was sent to the Wireless USB Promoter Group on 1 April for a 45-day review.

Consumers can look forward to a handful of Wireless USB products appearing in shops by the end of this year, with many more products following in the first half of 2006, the Intel spokesperson says.

Version 1.0 of any technology is a key specification that enables developers to start product design. The Wireless USB Promoter Group, which is authorising the specification, consists of Agere Systems, HP, Microsoft, NEC, Philips, Samsung and Intel.

NEC expects to have its first products on sale in Japan during the first half of 2006. Intel is planning to boost Wireless USB's transfer speed to 1Gbps by the end of the decade.


IDG UK Sites

Nokia Lumia 930 review: The flagship Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Live Blog: Apple financial results, record June quarter, 35.2m iPhones sold, $37.4b revenue

IDG UK Sites

Welcome to the upgrade cycle - you'll never leave

IDG UK Sites

Why smartphone screens are getting bigger