USB-IF developing new wireless USB spec that promises multi-gigabit speed


The organization that maintains USB specifications has started work on a next-gen specification to support wireless transmissions in the gigabits per second range, using a range of frequencies. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced the development of a new Media Agnostic USB (MA USB) that aims to allow devices to communicate wirelessly using the USB protocol.

This move is possible, due to the transfer of a specification called the "WiGig Serial Extension Specification" by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The concept behind the creation of a media agnostic standard is for MA USB to work over existing 2.4 and 5GHz bands used by Wi-Fi, 60Ghz WiGig, WiMedia UWB radios, and continue to support existing physical media. The MA USB will be compliant with existing USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 specifications.

While it wasn't revealed what speed MA USB is envisioned to operate at, USB-IF did mention attaining "wireless gigabit transfer rates" using existing USB infrastructure. USB 3.1 has a theoretical transfer speed of up to 10Gbps, so it is highly likely that MA USB will have a similar capacity when it is ready.

The Fierce Take: The MA USB specification is estimated to take about a year to complete. While it is still in its preliminary stages, MA USB's security and productivity implications are certainly worth keeping an eye on.

For more:
- check out this article at Tom's Hardware
- check out this article at Ars Technica

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