Imagine a USB connection that could transfer gigabits of data wirelessly. This might soon become a reality.
A new wireless USB specification for devices that will be able to operate over wireless frequencies and transfer multiple gigabits of data per second has been announced by the USB implementer’s Forum(USB-IF).
The new Media Agnostic USB specification is designed to allow wireless devices and docking stations to communicate over the USB protocol, without the need for a physical USB connection, the release said.
Wireless USB development has been around since the formations of the Wireless USB Promoter Group in 2004, but this new development is seen as the future to wireless USB that can have a wider application range.
According to USB-IF, the main design goal of the specification is to achieve wireless gigabit transfer rates while leveraging existing USB infrastructure. The WiGig Serial Extension (WSE) v1.2 specification from the Wi-Fi Alliance will provide the initial foundation for the Media Agnostic USB specification. The new WiGig protocol developed in partnership with the Wi-Fi alliance will allow data transfer rates upto 7 Gbps over the 60 Ghz band.
Unlike the previous wireless USB, which designed to operate over the ultra-wideband(UWB) between 3.1 and 10.6 Ghz, the new MA USB is designed to operate over WiGig 60 Ghz, Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5Ghz and WiMedia UWB.
The Media Agnostic USB specification will be compliant with SuperSpeed USB(USB 3.0) and Hi-Speed USB(USB 2.0).
In August, the USB Promoter Group had completed and released the new USB 3.1 specification, that will double the existing speed of the SuperSpeed USB. The new USB 3.1 enhancement will double on its existing speed and operate at 10 Gbits/s.
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