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New Tech for That Tangle of Wires

Techstination feature for Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Getting rid of that tangle of wires. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. One of the new technologies that should start to appear this year….is called ultra wideband….or UWB. It promises a new generation of high speed wireless connections between all kinds of electronic devices. At Freescale Semiconductor, a company that was spun off by Motorola, ultra wideband director Martin Rofheart ….says the first devices to arrive will have wireless connection speeds of about 70 megabits per second…..and by the end of the year….the technology will be 7 times faster…

"That's where it gets exciting. You have a handheld device for video that might have an MPEG 4 movie in it. Well if you want to transfer that MPEG movie from a personal video recorder, a DVD read/write, a media PC to that handheld device, if it's 512 megabytes…you have to be moving it at a few hundred megabits a second to get that done in a few seconds. With Bluetooth as it is today, it would take a very long time."

And the types of devices that will use ultra wideband?

"You'll see a variety of dongles at first to connect to PCs and to set top boxes, media servers, DVD read/writes, as well as TVs, camcorders, personal media players and smart phones that have a variety of audio, video, music playing and video playing functionality."

The possibilities are almost endless. Right now…the much slower Bluetooth technology is used primarily in cell phones to connect to headsets without wires. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.