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Wireless docking design enables 'wireless office'

Posted: 23 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless docking? WiDV? wireless USB? WiQuest? DVI?

WiQuest Communications Inc. has included its first wireless docking solution for PC applications with its Wireless Docking Station and mini card reference design kits. These reference designs are based on WiQuest's WQST100/101 chipset, incorporating Wireless Digital Video (WiDV) technology and 1Gbps data rate for wireless, high-speed transmission of high-quality digital video and PC graphics.

In addition to digital video, the reference designs simultaneously connect data peripherals such as printers and storage devices using wireless USB. Combined, these two reference designs enable a true wireless office, eliminating the need for all cable connections between a notebook PC and peripherals.

Wireless office
"PC graphics is the most challenging aspect of the wireless office," said Matthew Shoemake, founder, CEO and president of WiQuest. "Our wireless docking reference design solution, which combines high-quality video with replacement of the USB cable, makes the wireless office a reality. WiDV is shipping today."

According to the company, a WiDV-enabled notebook computer simply "coming in range" of the Wireless Docking Station achieves a secure, wireless connection with all of the attached peripherals such as an LCD monitor, printer, external storage, Ethernet network, keyboard, mouse and speakers.

DVI support
The two reference designs support DVI video displays. The Wireless Docking Station design includes four USB ports, one wireless USB association port, an Ethernet port and industry-standard audio. The card is in the PCIe Mini Card (50.95-by-30mm) form factor. The hardware and software provide a complete, highly integrated solution. In addition to the reference designs, the hardware package includes schematics, layout source files, a detailed BOM, design manual and a quick-start guide. The software package includes the WiQuest Control Center (WiCC) application software, device drivers and firmware.

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