wUSB on Windows Mobile

By Eric Griffith

May 15, 2007

Ultrawideband makers strut their stuff, including high-speed handhelds and video convergence, at WinHEC 2007.

Alereon and partner Stonestreet One (makers of the Bluetopia Bluetooth software stack) are bringing wireless USB to the handheld market. The two companies are showing a WiMedia ultrawideband-based wUSB for Microsoft Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE -- both PDAs and cell phones -- at the WinHEC 2007 show this week in Los Angeles.

The solution includes an Alereon AL4000 Certified Wireless USB chipset, which the company says is still the “only native device solution currently certified for Wireless USB solutions by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF),” with Stonestreet One’s UltraSuite. The phone only needs to support either compact flash (CF) or SDIO interfaces, along with Windows Mobile, to be able to use it.

They’re demonstrating it on a Samsung i730 cellular phone, connecting back to a laptop running Stonestreet's UltraSuite and WiCenter software.

Also at WinHEC, Focus Enhancements is in the USB-IF’s community booth showing off its own UWB technology, including a video convergence TV-out encoder product family. Yesterday, Focus announced its first orders ever for its UWB System-in-Package (SiP), going to an unnamed developer in Asia, a move the company called a “significant step on our path to revenue.”

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