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Sony Ships 2 High-speed TransferJet Chips

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

TransferJet may soon be on its way to dominate Bluetooth.

Yesterday Sony shipped the first two of its TransferJet chips aimed to provide short range communications at speeds up to 560 Mbit/sec. Register Hardware reports that one model is small enough to fit inside an SD memory card, while the other was made to take a seat on a MiniPCI or PCI expansion card.

The TransferJet wireless technology operates in the 4.48 GHz range and links two devices together for wireless data transfer much like the current Bluetooth technology. Data transfer activates by moving one TransferJet device within 3 centimeters of the other TransferJet device. Files are swapped by using a universal UI.

With TransferJet using the 4.48 GHz range, it will not suffer the interference endured by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other transmissions hogging up the 2.4 GHz bandwidth. However, devices with TransferJet will be subject to the cruel beatings of microwave ovens and other electrically noisy products.

For now, there is no word of what device will implement the new TransferJet chips. However Sony claims that over 30 consumer electronics companies are backing up the new technology including Toshiba, JVC, Hitachi, Samsung, and more. Hopefully Sony will succeed with this new technology, and not fall on its face as it did with UMD movies.

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    Anonymous , December 2, 2009 2:11 AM
    your mom is noisy.
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    alextheblue , December 2, 2009 2:21 AM
    3 centimeters? How does that compete with bluetooth, exactly? I think this needs to be explained a little better...
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    captaincharisma , December 2, 2009 1:51 AM
    it may have failed with UMD but it won with blu-ray
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    AMDnoob , December 2, 2009 1:58 AM
    what's another example of an "electrically noisy" apparatus? Like something that produces alot of waves? Would a plasma TV be electrically noisy?
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2009 2:11 AM
    your mom is noisy.
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    JohnnyLucky , December 2, 2009 2:21 AM
    Hmmmm...can't nuke the leftovers in the microwave when those things are running. I need to lose weight anyway.
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    buwish , December 2, 2009 2:21 AM
    I've never had a problem with blutooth in terms of interference. But if this can build on that, I'm all for it.
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    alextheblue , December 2, 2009 2:21 AM
    3 centimeters? How does that compete with bluetooth, exactly? I think this needs to be explained a little better...
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    WINTERLORD , December 2, 2009 2:44 AM
    alswome, looks like SSD's arew about to be faster, cheaper and more common. cheaper = todays technology will be wortheless to this= cheap
    this is alsome. i bet the next step will be to condense this even smaller
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    amnotanoobie , December 2, 2009 6:06 AM
    AlexTheBlue3 centimeters? How does that compete with bluetooth, exactly? I think this needs to be explained a little better...


    Well you'd need less power to transmit and receive due to the short expected distance.
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    rtfm , December 2, 2009 9:25 AM
    Can't see this going very far if it's to be marketed as a bluetooth replacement.3cm range? People tend to use bluetooth for their phone to send pics, in that case the files are usually small (plus up to 10 metres range). If I have to swap large files with a phone, I'll just use a micro sd card. The other popular use for Bluetooth is wireless headsets, again, not very useful with a 3cm range.

    However, as a backup device, it could have applications (put your laptop next to your portable hdd and copy files, no cables). Either way, Sony will probably murder it (with their history of failed tech offerings except 3.5" floppy and Bluray)
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    maydaynomore , December 2, 2009 11:30 AM
    What are you all talking about. It does not have a 3 cm range. Read: "Data transfer activates by moving one TransferJet device within 3 centimeters of the other TransferJet device." It clearly says - to activate data transfer you have to move it within 3cm to the other device. Says nothing about a 3cm range.
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    shamgar , December 2, 2009 11:41 AM
    since nobody has asked it yet, i will do the honors.

    but can they play crysis??????


    you are welcome.
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2009 12:16 PM
    check the transferjet website: Communication Distance A few cm

    http://www.transferjet.org/en/tj/tj_spec.html

    Communication Distance A few cm
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    enzo matrix , December 2, 2009 1:07 PM
    Faster than USB 2.0? I'm mildly impressed.
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    joebob2000 , December 2, 2009 1:16 PM
    Only two chips? I guess that's great news for the one person who can use this... What about the rest of us?
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    rbarone69 , December 2, 2009 2:45 PM
    Do I feel another Sony MiniDisc tech arising? Fail.
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    nawat , December 2, 2009 2:46 PM
    I like the idea of 3cm activation. It makes a lot of sense. Instead of turning on your bluetooth, put the device in discovery mode (which exposes the device to threats like worms on the symbian OS), and ask your friend for his device's name, you can just put your phone next to his and that's it. 3cm is too near to be accidental too.
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    JasonAkkerman , December 2, 2009 2:56 PM
    Most microwaves, in the US anyways, operate in the 2.45Ghz band. And all RF sensitive equipment are subject to EM interference from noisy electronics (i.e. large AC motors, including your typical vacuum cleaner).
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    gmcboot , December 2, 2009 6:26 PM
    This is suppose to only be used as a data transfer device. It is not meant to be used as a replacement for bluetooth in the area of network communications. Think it used in smart phones, digital cameras, and other small devices that could use a fast wireless transfer medium. Transfer medium not a permanent network connection. If this can be implemented cheaply in devices it could be a boon. Set you digital camera, smart phone, e-reader next to your laptop or PC and they sync up automatically and a lot quicker thank 802.11x or Bluetooth. No wires.
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    dark_lord69 , December 2, 2009 7:51 PM
    AMDnoobwhat's another example of an "electrically noisy" apparatus? Like something that produces alot of waves? Would a plasma TV be electrically noisy?


    No.