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.