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Wireless USB makes an appearance in Japan

Y-E Data has announced the first wireless USB hub based on Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. The Y-E Data YD-300 UWB Hub has received official Japanese certification and is available now.

The YD-300 is based on an UWB chipset from Wisair and can replace any wired USB connection with a wireless link. As a result, a USB peripheral such as a printer, scanner, digital cameras or removable hard drive can be placed anywhere in a room rather than having to be in close proximity to the host PC. The hub communicates with the host PC via a dongle that plugs into a free USB port.

The YD-300 provides four USB 2.0 ports and provides full 480 Mbps transfers over the air at distances up to 10 meters. As of now, the only listed operating system supported is Windows XP. Y-E Data also plans in the near future to provide ExpressCard/34 and PCI Express Mini Card UWB solutions.



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no chicken n egg
By Lazarus Dark on 11/2/2006 10:58:59 AM , Rating: 2
this is genius. it elimenates the chicken and egg scenario. uwb can be used immediately and then devices including it can begin to come out since the standard is already established in a standalone product.




RE: no chicken n egg
By Avatar28 on 11/2/2006 9:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. It's a great stopgap and I think I'm gonna have to pick me up one of these after they are available here in the states.

I seriously doubt it will eliminate wired USB ports anytime soon, though. While it may (and probably will) be integrated into motherboards, initially as a separate chip and later as part of the chipset, there is still a need for wired USB, for instance for a device that requires power from the port (and there are a lot).


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