Wireless USB coming in September
CNET News.com reports that the long-awaited wireless version of the Universal Serial Bus standard will become available in September. The new interface will use 3.1-10.6GHz frequencies and allow the same 480Mb/s (60MB/s) maximum transfer rates as USB 2.0, although speeds will degrade to 110Mb/s (13MB/s) beyond ten feet up to the interface's maximum signal distance of thirty feet. The specification will reportedly consume less power than 802.11, support up to 127 devices, and require authentication to ensure that only authorized devices are connected. Wireless USB is expected to enable external hard drives, cameras, and printers to be used wirelessly, which should help relieve both desktop and notebook systems of cable clutter.