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USB-IF launches media agnostic technology for wireless USB connectivity

Aims for one gigabit per second wireless transfer speeds
Wed Sep 11 2013, 10:54
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SAN FRANCISCO: THE USB IMPLEMENTERS FORUM (USB-IF) announced the development of Media Agnostic (MA) USB technology at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Tuesday, a technology that will allow wireless devices and docking stations to communicate over the USB protocol without the need for a physical USB connection.

"One of the goals of Media Agnostic USB is to achieve a wireless gigabit transfer speed," USB-IF president and COO Jeff Ravencraft told The INQUIRER. "We work very closely with the Wigig Alliance and the WiFi Alliance, which have recently merged, working early on with both of those groups."

The Wigig Serial Extension (WSE) v1.2 specification from the WiFi Alliance will provide the initial foundation for the Media Agnostic USB specification, Ravencraft indicated, explaining that the WSE specification has been formally transferred to the USB-IF from the WiFi Alliance. The WSE specification already incorporates the USB protocol.

"In other words, we have multiple media types and they're going to be support of Wigig 60GHz radio, WiFi 2.4Ghz radio, Wi-media ultrawide band as well as other existing or new media types that want to use USB as a protocol," Ravencraft explained.

He added that this will be the initial foundation of the media agnostic USB specification. "We are going to add to that and round out that spec, to support multiple media types, so this wireless USB will be agnostic to the media."

MA USB will be compliant with superspeed USB 3.1, 3.0 and 2.0. It's still in development but we should see it in the market by the end of the year. µ


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