Now in an effort intended to spur adoption of Wireless USB, Intel said it is working with Microsoft, NEC, Philips, Texas Instruments and others on a new specification called the Wireless Host Controller Interface (WHCI). The specification will define a standard method in which a Wireless USB device can communicate with a PC’s software, and, executives hope, could accelerate industry development of interoperable Wireless USB products.
The new specification will be compatible with the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio platform used in Wireless USB and developed by the WiMedia Alliance, a nonprofit industry group.

UWB lets users handle larger data transfers at 110 megabytes per second between devices less than 32 feet apart from each other or 480Mbps speeds at about 10 feet. The technology could be a boon to adding more streaming media to consumer electronics devices and peripherals.

Intel also announced plans to open an interoperability laboratory at one of its offices where companies can test their products for compliance with the maturing specification.

There are more than 2 billion wired USB connections on the market today. The industry group said it hopes to migrate many of those devices and the majority of new ones to Wireless USB. Initially, Wireless USB is expected to be incorporated in silicon chips for use in add-in cards and dongles.
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