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Sony's TransferJet connects Toshiba gadgets

Short-range wireless for laptops, PDAs and TVs

The first prototypes from Toshiba based on TransferJet, a short-range, high-speed wireless data transmission system intended as a replacement for cables, were on show at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Sony-developed TransferJet technology uses a low-power, ultra wideband signal to send data at up to 375Mbps over distances of around 3cm and is designed to replace the cables that are typically needed to connect gadgets.

It was unveiled at CES 2008 by Sony and a consortium was formed around TransferJet in the middle of last year made up of some of the biggest names in tech, including Toshiba.

The Toshiba prototypes include a PDA, laptop and a television adaptor. Like Sony's demonstration last year, the prototype devices are transferring image files. When the PDA is brought close to the TransferJet pad on the PC or TV a picture is automatically sent from the PDA to the other device.

In addition to Toshiba and Sony there are 13 other companies in the TransferJet Consortium including Samsung, Panasonic, Kodak, Canon, Hitachi, Kenwood, Olympus, KDDI, Epson, Nikon, Sony Ericsson, JVC and Pioneer. The first products with TransferJet are due sometime in 2009.


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