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Toshiba drills forward with TransferJet updates

Toshiba Electronics Europe has made an announcement that it will launch a SDIO module, a microSDIO card and a USB adaptor module to enable the rapid adoption of TransferJet. SDIO being the technology used to make communication devices that fits in a SD card slot.

The Japanese company also said that the first SDIO module will ship by the end of the year with microSDIO card and the USB adaptor module set to be released in the first quarter of 2013.

45 companies form part of the TransferJet consortium all of them Japanese companies with household names (Sony, Hitachi, JVC, Nikon, Olympic, Epson, Panasonic, Pioneer and Toshiba).

(opens in new tab)The technology, which competes against Bluetooth, NFC, Wireless USB and WiGig (opens in new tab), combines low power consumption with transfer rates of up to 560mbps (in line of sight). As with NFC, a simple touch between two devices will trigger the transfer.

Sony announced a new component back in February, one capable of transferring up to 350Mbps, and shipped a TransferJet station, the TJS-1, back in 2010, a device which unfortunately is no longer available.

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.