Samsung's Wireless USB coming soon

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Leave a Comment

Samsung Electronics, a worldwide leader in advanced semiconductor technology is currently making a new wireless universal serial bus (W-USB) System-On-Chip (SoC) designed specifically for the upcoming ultra-wideband (UWB) market. The W-USB will help to instantly transfer mass storage data such as digital photos, movie videos or MP3 music files between electronic devices.

With USB-W users can download a 700MB movie in approximately one minute, with the ability to perform at the raw speed of 480 Megabytes per second and an effective speed of 120 Megabytes per second. It also features a 128 bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption algorithm and a static signal that makes hacking through wiretapping and signal tracing difficult. All this while maintaing a low power consumption of less than 300 milliWatt making it an ideal product for portable electronic devices like mobile phones and digital cameras.

"Connected consumer electronic products are the next step in enabling anytime, anywhere access to information and services," said Dr. Yiwan Wong, vice president, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. "One of the keys to wireless connectivity is W-USB technology. While W-USB technology is just beginning to ramp up, its application will soon increase with the consumer electronic and mobile phone markets' demand for wireless connectivity technology and UWB's fast download speeds."

This high-performance chip is expected to be applied to digital cameras and mobile phones and gradually expand to other peripheral electronic devices such as wireless printers, beam projectors, wireless hard disks, wireless displays, and wireless speakers. For example, without any cable connection, consumers can directly send photos from their digital cameras to their PC or view them instantly on their TV. Consumers can directly connect their MP3 players to high-quality surround speakers and listen to their favorite music. Also, multi-media data can be shared among mobile phones through a peer-to-peer network without a host computer.

Samsung's W-USB SoC is currently sampling and will be in mass production starting in Q2, 2009.

[Source: Samsung]