In-stat predicts double-digit growth for WUSB

Jan Harris

May 21, 2007

According to a report by In-Stat, “USB 2007: Wireless Finally Arrives“, wired and wireless USB-enabled device shipments will grow at double-digit rates through 2011.

The report suggests that standards-based wireless USB (WUSB) hubs and dongles will be available by mid-2007 and WUSB-enabled PCs, printers, cameras, and other peripherals by 2008.

The first Certified WUSB devices will be dongle and hub products. Dongles which use Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology to wirelessly transmit and receive data, will be plugged into USB ports to enable existing devices with WUSB technology.

A PC with a WUSB dongle plugged in will be able to communicate with a printer with a WUSB dongle connected, without the need of cables.

However devices such as PCs, printers, and cameras with WUSB built in will ship prior to 2008 according to In-Stat.

In-Stat expects the annual growth of USB-enabled shipments through 2011 to be 12.3%.


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