Targeted to begin shipping in Q1 2007, the D-Link UWB USB product line will feature an Intel Host Wire Adapter (HWA) Dongle and an NEC Electronics Device Wire Adapter (DWA) Hub using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio technology from Realtek - all based on the Certified Wireless USB technology from the USB-IF
D-Link today announced plans to launch end-to-end "Dongle-to-Hub" Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless USB products based on solutions from Intel Corporation and NEC Electronics Corporation. The product will support wireless peer-to-peer connectivity for consumers demanding fast, plug-n-play transfers of high-bandwidth data and multimedia content between computers and USB peripheral devices, such as camcorders and digital cameras.
"We are pleased to bring to market a powerful end-to-end Wireless USB solution based on technology from industry leaders Intel and NEC Electronics coupled with UWB radio technology from Realtek," said AJ Wang, chief technology officer for D-Link. "D-Link's new UWB USB products will provide consumers with high-bandwidth, low-power wireless connectivity between their PCs and USB-enabled devices, such as digital cameras and portable media players - without wires."
Intel's HWA Dongle features its "Intel Wireless UWB Link 1480" Media Access Controller (MAC) and its Windows-based Wireless USB driver, and the Realtek RTU7010 Physical layer (PHY). Intel's HWA supports simultaneous operation of IP (Internet Protocol) and Wireless USB protocols.
"D-Link's complete UWB Wireless USB solution will provide consumers with the ability to transfer large digital content files much faster than before, without the hassle of cables and with minimum battery-life impact," said Ganesh Prasad, general manager of Intel's Ultra-Wideband Networking Operation.
NEC Electronics DWA Hub includes its PD720180 Wireless USB device MAC and its Windows-based DWA driver, along with the Realtek RTU7010. It is currently being tested for end-to-end Wireless USB interoperability with Intel's HWA solution. "D-Link's system will enable short-range, high-bandwidth wireless access between PCs and multiple mass storage devices, providing tremendous value for consumers," said Katsuhiko Nakazawa, assistant general manager of NEC Electronics's PC Peripheral Systems Division.