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Sep 11 2013   10:36PM GMT

New Wireless USB Standard



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Tags:
USB
wireless protocols

So apparently they want to have wireless USB to be the de-facto standard to connect devices to a PC. They say it will run over WIFI signals, so what ever happened to adhoc wireless connections, was it too difficult? How will devices pair? They have to make it just as easy as plugging a USB device into a PC or it will be a pain for some. I am thinking a 1 to 1 pairing with push button would make the most sense? Here is more info.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has signed a deal with the USB Implementers Forum that will see the WiGig high-speed wireless standard power a new wireless version of USB, PC World has reported. The new wireless form of USB, called Media Agnostic USB, will be able to use any kind of wireless system, and is being defined for multiple media, including WiGig, Wi-Fi and WiMedia UWB (ultrawideband). WiGig is intended to carry video, audio and data at high speeds over unlicensed frequencies in the 60GHz range, far above the bands used by Wi-Fi. WiGig is faster than Wi-Fi, up to 7Gbps (bits per second), but works over shorter distances.

Realistically we won’t see anything for a year or so, but this news shows great promise! What do you think?

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