Saturday, January 21, 2006

USB Hub + Freescale’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology

Gizmodo reports about a new USB hub by Belkin:

"Belkin is jumping on the wireless USB bandwagon with this four-port hub. That’s right, it’s packing wireless USB, letting you roam free with any USB device. Using Motorola spinoff Freescale’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, this hot connection gives you data rates that are a hundred times faster than Bluetooth. So imagine, you walk into a room with your notebook, plug in the wireless USB dongle and you’re instantly connected to that USB hard drive you have stashed under the desk. No wires, no muss, no fuss."

This seems like a very intersting technology. Belkin has reported it here.

Here’s more that you can do with UWB:

  • An office worker could put a mobile PC on a desk and instantly be connected to a printer, scanner and Voice over IP (VoIP) headset.
  • All the components for an entire home entertainment center could be set up and connected to each other without a single wire.
  • A digital camcorder could play a just-recorded video on a friend's HDTV without anyone having to fiddle with wires.
  • A portable MP3 player could stream audio to high-quality surround-sound speakers anywhere in the room.
  • A mobile computer user could wirelessly connect to a digital projector in a conference room to deliver a presentation.
  • Digital pictures could be transferred to a photo print kiosk for instant printing without the need of a cable.

Intel is also said to be creating a UWB radio that allows for the migration of Bluetooth, USB and 1394 protocols in such a manner that a single radio can support each of these protocols.


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