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Wireless USB Options are Coming to Market

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) saw continued success in 2006, but 2007 is going to be a milestone as wireless USB (WUSB) products are expected to hit the market around mid-year, reports In-Stat.

The initial WUSB products will be dongle and hub solutions that will allow PCs to wirelessly connect to PC peripherals and CE devices, the high-tech market research firm says.

Integrated solutions with Certified WUSB capability inside the box will come in a few devices before the end of 2007, including PCs, printers, multi-function peripherals (MFPs) and digital still cameras.

"Certified WUSB is designed to replace USB cables on the PC desktop, as well as to facilitate temporary connections between mobile and fixed devices, such as portable digital audio players and PCs, or digital still cameras and printers," says Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat analyst.

I believe that some consumers will likely be puzzled by other solutions like broadband over powerline, in comparison to WUSB, and will need help -- at the retail point of sale -- to understand that certain applications favor different technologies.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

- Over two billion USB-enabled devices shipped worldwide in 2006.

- Annual shipment growth through 2011 will be 12.3 percent.

- In the Communications market segment, full-speed USB has emerged as a popular option in mobile phones.

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