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Sony release 560mb/s ‘bluetooth style’ chip

Sony release 560mb/s ‘bluetooth style’ chip

Sony have announced the release of their new TransferJet chips which offer Bluetooth style communications but with speeds of up to 560 mb/s, considerably faster than anything else in this market.

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Sony’s TransferJet is a wireless technology which operates in the 4.48ghz range to link two devices for data transfer – files are moved via a simple universal User Interface. Activation of the transfers is an interesting concept as you simply move one of the devices within 3 centimeters of the other.

The use of 4.48ghz is paramount to the success of this product as it needs to operate well outside the standardised 2.4ghz band which is already heavily populated with Wi-FI and other devices and has even proven prone to noise from other household devices rendering distances very poor.

While TransferJet is a new technology there are already a plethora of companies jumping to use it, such as Samsung, Hitachi, Canon, Nikon, Pioneer, Toshiba and Sony Ericsson.

Two of the TransferJet chips are being sold, one is designed to sit on a PCI or MiniPCI add in card with the other small enough to fit inside an SD memory card, so the wealth of possibilities are almost endless.

Sony release the technology in the next week as sample products but it may well be mid 2010 before they are on sale.

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