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USB-IF awards first Wireless USB certifications

Posted: 26 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wireless USB? USB-IF certifications? USB?

The Universal Serial Bust Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has granted the first Wireless USB certifications to two manufacturers of laptop PCs and two designers of wireless hubs and adapters. The Certified Wireless USB products are expected to be in stores for the back-to-school and holiday gift season.

The two laptop companies are Dell Computer for its Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo for its ThinkPad T61/T61p 15.4-inch widescreen notebook. Networking companies D-Link and IOGear each had a wireless hub and an adapter certified. Certification of the Wireless USB protocol by the USB-IF assures the interoperability of devices from a variety of manufacturers.

Previously certified silicon from Alereon, Intel Corp., NEC Corp., Realtek Corp., and WiQuest Communications are integrated into the products, according to the USB-IF.

Certified Wireless USB is based on the WiMedia Alliance's UWB common radio platform, which is capable of PHY-layer data rates of 480Mbps at distances up to 3m and 110Mbps at up to 10m.

- Jack Shandle
Wireless Net DesignLine

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