CES - A new way to eliminate cable clutter

For the past year or so, we've been hearing about Ultra-Wideband, a new networking system that was supposed to eliminate cables by allowing you transmit data wirelessly over short distances. The pitch was essentially, "It's like Bluetooth, but it'll actually work."

Today, I saw the first Ultra-Wideband products, in the form of wireless USB connections. The devices use chips from Freescale Semiconductor and are appearing first in offerings from Belkin and Gefen. Here's how it works: You plug small dongles, similar in shape and size to Flash drives, into the USB ports of two devices and they'll be connected just as if there were a USB cable running between them. Anything they can do over a USB connection -- stream audio or video signals, sent documents to a printer, download pictures -- they can do over the wireless connection.

The real-world throughput is about 60 mbps, as much as USB 2.0 ports can handle. The range is 10 meters.

The folks at Freescale claim the devices are as simple to use and reliable as wired USB connections. If they're truly able to avoid the latency and clunky connection problems that Bluetooth devices often have, this technology should have lots of cool uses.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Edward N. Albro

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?