Wireless USB 1.1 specs complete, now for the products

Now we know some of you might be thinking… there is a Wireless USB?? And we’ll answer that question, yes there is. The guys at the USB Implementers Forum have recently completed the technical specifications for the Wireless USB 1.1 standard and is waiting for the manufacturers to make gadgets and products out of it. While it is still capped to the same speed of its 2.0 wired version at 480mbps, it promises reduction in power consumption and near-field communication for easier hookup of devices based on their proximity.
And if we’re to imagine things, it’s just like connecting two devices by simply sticking them together without any connectors or ports whatsoever. So basically it’s like BlueTooth with data rates on steroids. Press release with links to the specifications themselves after the jump.

Press Release

Wireless USB 1.1 Specification Now Available

Completed Specification Paves the Way for New Wireless USB Products

BEAVERTON, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Wireless USB Promoter Group today announced the completion of the Wireless USB 1.1 specification, the technical map for product developers to bring the next generation of Wireless USB products to the market.

“Consumers want a fast, easy-to-use solution to wirelessly transfer content from PCs to devices. Wireless USB 1.1 is the solution supporting robust, high-speed wireless connectivity among devices.”

Wireless USB 1.1 delivers key performance enhancements to Wireless USB technology, as well as added UWB upper band support for frequencies of 6 GHz and above, and offers backward compatibility with Wireless USB products currently in use by consumers. Wireless USB is evolving with optimized power efficiency and ease of use. Lower idle power requirements and improved battery life enhance Wireless USB power efficiency, and the new association model offers support for Near Field Communication (NFC) and proximity-based association, making Wireless USB even easier to install and use.

“The Wireless USB 1.1 specification is the next step in Wireless USB technology,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman. “Consumers want a fast, easy-to-use solution to wirelessly transfer content from PCs to devices. Wireless USB 1.1 is the solution supporting robust, high-speed wireless connectivity among devices.”

To download the Wireless USB Revision 1.1 specification and adopter agreement, visit http://www.usb.org/developers/wusb/docs/.

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