Belkin Announces Cable-Free USB Hub
Anh Tuan Huynh
December 4, 2006 1:22 PM
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Connect your USB devices wirelessly
today announced its new Cable-Free USB Hub
. The Belkin Cable-Free USB claims to be the industry’s first cable-free USB hub. However, this isn’t the case as
previously reported Y-E Data announced its YD-300 UWB hub last month in Japan
. Nevertheless, the Belkin Cable-Free USB hub uses Ultra-Wideband technology to allow USB device connectivity wirelessly.
The Belkin Cable-Free USB targets laptop, desktop users and promises the ability to access any USB device without being entangled in wires. Supported devices include any USB or High-Speed USB device including printers, portable media devices, scanners, CD burners etc… The device offers speeds up to 480Mbps and device access up to 30ft away.
Availability is expected later this month with pricing around $199.99. The Belkin Cable-Free USB hub ships with a 4-port hub and included USB dongle. Do note the Belkin Cable-Free USB hub is not a
Certified Wireless USB device
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Belkins vs MS
12/5/2006 1:03:09 AM
Microsoft, Belkin settle patent dispute
Robert Mullins, IDG News Service
On August 1, Microsoft filed a patent-infringement complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that said Belkin was importing products that infringed on a Microsoft patent for peripheral device technology. According to Microsoft, Belkin uses a technology called U2 in several of its mouse products. Microsoft's patented U2 technology enables a peripheral to automatically sense whether the device is being plugged into a PS2 or USB port on a computer and then make the connection.
MS can block your imports.
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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