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USB-IF to start development of ‘Media Agnostic’ USB Specification

The USB Implementers Forum recently sent an update that they will be starting the development of ‘Media Agnostic’ (MA) USB specification which will be designed for wireless devices. According to the press release, it is designed to allow wireless units and docking station communicate over USB protocol, therefore a wireless USB connection. This design specification, according to USB-IF, will achieve wireless gigabit transfer rates while leveraging the existing USB infrastructure. This specification will be compliant with the existing SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and the older Hi-Speed USB 2.0.

The Media Agnostic USB spec will be using WiGig serial extension v1.2 from Wi-Fi alliance as its foundation.

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“We are pleased to see the USB-IF use the WiGig Serial Extension in its development of the Media Agnostic USB specification,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Advanced wireless usages of serial bus technology have the potential to deliver great benefit to users.”

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