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MediaTek aims at cross-device sharing

Posted: 06 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CrossMount? Internet of Things? wireless? MediaTek?

MediaTek wants to create a new concept of a virtual USB connection via wireless. "We don't know what kind of devices will be created for the living room in the future," Hsieh said. "Maybe they will have modems or sensors. If you use this kind of virtual USB standard, any device in your hand or your living room could be an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway. We are providing the concept that you can mount anything if you adopt the CrossMount standard."

Before, a developer who wanted to control a smart TV needed to spend a lot of time to contact the TV manufacturer and write a software application, according to Hsieh. CrossMount makes the effort simple because MediaTek provides the control application programming interface (API), he says.

MediaTek says Apple and Samsung probably have similar projects underway aimed at building their own ecosystems, yet the Taiwanese company believes that it has a unique advantage because its chips have a foothold in so many key systems such as TVs, smartphones and tablets.

MediaTek emphasises that the new technology is unique from earlier approaches such as Miracast, pushing audio or video between devices, or near field communication (NFC).

"We can turn all your devices into Lego blocks so you can dynamically put two handsets plus one TV plus one Bluetooth speaker together to become a new device virtually," said MediaTek Corporate Vice President David Ku. "When people talk about IoT, it's just a data stream. Sending a control signal. Off or on. CrossMount takes this one step further."

- Alan Patterson
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