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Belkin CableFree USB hub leverages UWB

updated 08:55 am EST, Tue January 3, 2006

Belkin CableFree USB hub

) radio technology, will be on display at the 2006 International CES Show in Las Vegas. Beginning in early spring 2006, Belkin will offer a four-port hub that will enable immediate high-speed wireless connectivity for any USB device without requiring software or drivers. The CableFree USB Hub gives desktop computer users the freedom to place their USB devices anywhere in the room without running long cables. Pricing was not announced.

Belkin said that its CableFree USB device will be compatible with the more than 700 million USB devices.

"These CableFree USB products represent innovative technology, but, more importantly, will extend the capabilities of millions of USB products," says Martin Rofheart, Director of the UWB Operation at Freescale. "With the convenience of Belkin's Plug-and-Play solution, consumers will not be burdened by software upgrades in order to achieve wireless functionality for their USB devices. Indeed, Belkin is taking a leadership role in bringing true wireless USB to the market, and we are thrilled to work with them on this initiative."

Freescale's UWB solutions enable high rate transfer of video, audio, and data streams wirelessly. Claiming data transfer rates that are 100 times faster than Bluetooth technology, UWB brings a new wireless option to auto, consumer electronics, and PC/peripheral manufacturers. Using UWB, for example, an MPEG2 movie or HDTV stream can be wirelessly broadcast in realtime.

by MacNN Staff






    Joined: Dec 1969


    What goes on the client?

    This sounds really nice. But what goes on the client end, another dongle? If it is dongle based, and would work on my TiBook, I wonder if I could put my D-Link Bluetooth dongle into the hub.

  1. boomer0127

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multiple computers?

    This would be great if 2 laptops could connect to the same wireless hub - but i guess something like this isn't feasable for anything but a printer. I guess I could dream...

    This is really a wireless bridge, not a server, unfortunately. But a GREAT idea, nonetheless.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    this is neat

    I've seen something similar in proptotype before eons ago. I hope this actually works the way they claim!

  1. ianaberle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wireless Mighty Mouse?

    This should be good for all those who wanted a wireless Mighty Mouse.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just what we need!

    Great, yet another wireless protocol! Wifi, bluetooth and now this! In the words of the immortal quote from Jack Nicholson(?)..."Why can't we all just...get along!"

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