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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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Only windows XP?
By Schugy on 11/2/2006 3:42:30 PM , Rating: 2
At first I thought the UWB is transparent and doesn't require it's own driver. But this is trash for everyone using Solaris, BSD, Mac, Linux or even old Windows versions.

RE: Only windows XP?
By TomZ on 11/2/2006 3:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
That would be nice, but probably the driver has to handle things like controlling the RF transceiver, selecting available devices to communicate with, and security (if that is implemented - not sure about that). Therefore, the functionality needed is more than a plain vanilla USB hub.

RE: Only windows XP?
By mlau on 11/5/2006 6:12:58 AM , Rating: 2
At least for Linux drivers have been available for a few months now
(check the linux-usb-devel list). People at Intel have been hard at work to
create a WHCI driver. Three cheers for Intel!

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