Rising demand for wireless connectivity is expected to drive the Wireless USB (WUSB) devices market growth over the forecast period. Wireless USB connects peripherals including media players, external hard-disk drives, printers, sound cards, and video monitors to the PC wirelessly. Bluetooth allows wireless connection between peripherals and the PC. Furthermore, Bluetooth is targeted to only low-speed devices with a maximum transfer rate of 3 Mbps or 1 Mbps. WUSB works on a frequency range from 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz, whereas Bluetooth technology works on 2.4 GHz frequency, IEEE 802.11 wireless networks (Wi-Fi).
Along with Bluetooth and Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) technologies, wireless USB also eliminates the need for landline-cabled infrastructure, thereby allowing electronic devices to communicate and connect easily. Increasing consumer demands coupled with wireless technologies used in electronic devices are expected to open avenues for wireless USB. The technology serves as an important feature for market computing, communication, and networking.
WUSB is a short-range, high-bandwidth wireless communication protocol, which is used in mobile phones, game controllers, flash memory, communication devices, hard-disk drives, digital cameras, printers, USB flash drives, personal computers, PC peripherals, set-top box, MP3 players, and digital cameras. The technology is also suited for the transfer of parallel video streams with the help of USB over ultra-wideband protocols. Furthermore, the technology is also the new extension to USB, which combines security and speed of wired technology with wireless technology.
Wireless USB supports high-speed wireless connectivity by utilizing common WiMedia Ultra-Wideband (UWB) developed by the WiMedia Alliance. USB offers solutions for low-cost, high bandwidth, and low power consumption requirements of the next-generation electronic devices. Additionally, WUSB is a kind of Universal Serial Bus technology, which uses radiofrequency links rather than cables for providing interfaces among computers and peripherals such as headsets, printers, monitors, digital cameras, and external drives. Furthermore, the technology is also based on WiMedia ultra-wideband common radio platform.
Wireless USB performance is targeted at 480 Mbps at three meters and 110Mbps at ten meters. Wireless technologies mainly emphasize on Wireless Local Area Networks, 3G/4G Wide Area Networks, Personal Area Networks (PANs), and Metropolitan Area Networks, thereby offering solutions such as Machine-To-Machine (M2M) communications, identity recognition, application personalization, and presence detection. The maximum transfer rate from WUSB is same as USB 60 MB/s, if the device is within three meters from the PC or 13.75 MB/s if the device is within ten meters from the PC.
Rising demand for machine-to-machine communication in segments such as telemetry and telematics is expected to favorably impact the connectivity, particularly, of Wireless USB. Additionally, increasing demand for short-range technologies including low power, low cost, secure interconnections, and shorter frequency ranges within an operating space, and the need for physical access to a wired network is also expected to foster the global wireless USB devices market growth over the forecast period. Furthermore, the rising use of mobile Internet devices such as laptops, notepads, and tablet PCs is also anticipated to increase the need for personal area networks, for connection to the networks.
In terms of revenue, Europe is expected to hold a major share in the Wireless USB (WUSB) market. This can be attributed to the increasing demand for machine-to-machine communication modules in the automotive telamatics vertical, which is further driven by initiatives undertaken by the European government (which includes European Commission’s in-vehicle emergency call) and the OEM automakers.
Major wireless USB devices industry players include Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, Intel Corporation, Artaflex Inc., Alereon Inc., Veebeam, Unigen Corporation, Wisair Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Company, and Samsung. For instance, Hewlett Packard meets the network demand with the increase in device density. Furthermore, the 802.11ac Access Point Series provides scalable network connectivity and the Wi-Fi Clear Connect powers the access points and the controllers for optimizing network performance as well as reliability, and to mitigate interference.
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