First Wireless USB Devices

March 8, 2006

Wireless USB devices will start arriving the market in the third quarter(around September), and promises help for consumers frustrated with cables linking to their digital cameras, external disk drives, external dvd burners, music players, digital cameras etc.

Wireless USB, also known as WUSB, will permit the same data transfer speed of 480mbps (megabits-per-second) as the current wired USB 2.0 standard, but only requires tiny radios inside the computer or devices instead of cables.

“The first wireless USB devices are going to be external hard drives, cameras and printers”, said Jeff Ravencraft, chairman of the USB Implementers Forum and an Intel technology strategist.

In order for the wireless USB (wUSB) to be ready for the market, some aspects of this new technology have to be ironed out. A big step towards this was announced on Monday by the USB standards group, by introducing the Wireless Association Specification.

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