Wisair, a semiconductor company that is one of the few providers of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless USB solutions, have announced a new Wireless USB Single Chip CMOS solution intended for the tablet market, which they will be demonstrating during Computex Taipei exhibition next week.
For those not familiar with Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and Wireless USB, the technology not only allows for wireless USB interfacing but also wireless media streaming. The UWB equipped Asus EeeKeyboard PC is an example of the use of this technology for wireless connection to a monitor or tv instead of the use of the usual video cable options.
The technology has matured so that a small, affordable, low power consumption, solution that can be easily integrated into a wide range of devices could have a significant impact in the tablet market — especially now that higher end HDTV are USB enabled but very few yet have Wi-Fi (let alone Bluetooth) capabilities that can otherwise be used for streaming.
The timing is also significant considering Intel’s own competing proprietary Wireless N based solution for wireless streaming, Wireless Display (WiDi), is set to be added to their Intel ATOM line with the upcoming Cedar Trail update but the Wisair solution is arguably the superior solution because it will also give a greater range of connectivity options and uses, as well as better bandwidth because it doesn’t use the crowded 2.4Ghz range that the Intel WiDi solution does. The more proprietary nature of the Intel solution also hampers its adoption and will likely mean the Wisair solution shall find wider acceptance and ease of use without as much need to modify devices for compatibility.
Wisair has already put up a product page for a half size mini pcie product using the new single chip solution under the model name of WSR601, and they are likely to update their existing USB dongle solutions as well. So applications should quickly spread beyond just tablets.