Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Wireless USB: Footlose & Cable-Free?

Unstrung looks at the potential of wireless USB in the enterprise that goes beyond replacing cables to allow "automatic synchronization between a slew of different devices." Underpinning wireless USB is ultra wideband (UWB), which "should allow transmission of data at 480 Mbit/s at a range of several meters." Of course, there are issues with the direction the various standards are going as well as how the technology can help enterprises.

Charles Golvin at Forrester Research said, "Look around and ask yourself how many people use USB and the number of USB devices they connect, then consider the added convenience of removing all those USB cables, and I think you have a much more compelling case for wireless USB than using Bluetooth as a proxy would indicate."