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Sony to introduce wireless USB Rival

Sony, the company who is responsible for some major Consumer Electronics feuds - remember the minidisc, i-Link, UMD, DAT betamax, blu-ray and memory sticks - has announced yet another controversial move.

According to ZDnet, Sony (opens in new tab) will launch a competitor to the Wireless USB technology, the Transferjet.

Like Wireless USB, Transferjet will work best for short distance transmissions, offering a theoretical maximum speed of 560mbps, although this requires the emitter to be almost within touching distance - 3 cm - of the receptor.

In comparison, Wireless USB will offer up to 480mbps within a 3m range although it will use more than one spectrum band to achieve this transfer rate - which some argue could mean more interferences.

Sony previewed the technology at the recent CES held in Las Vegas and touted the "Touch and Get" paradigm as the next big thing in transmission.

It could be envisaged in the feature that some manufacturers bundle an induction-based (opens in new tab) charger and a proximity data transmitter in the same base.

However, it remains to be seen who will join Sony (opens in new tab) in this Don Quichotte-like take on Wireless USB.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.