Sony’s 2nd Gen TransferJet, Faster and Lower Power Draw

This is Sony’s take on a short-range transfer protocol, and a standard we all more commonly know about is Bluetooth. It’s been kicking in Japan for about over a year now, but they’ve been implementing this technology in more and more products now such as cameras, docks, and dongles. The concept is simple, any TransferJet-enabled device can send or receive short-range, high-speed data to/from another TransferJet-enabled adapter or PC.

Sony’s actually introducing a second generation of this chip now, as it’s compatible with more recent and mainstream standards like PCI Express and USB 2.0 versus only PCI and SDIO (Secure Digital Input Output) beforehand when this technology just emerged. This new chip also requires fewer parts (like only a bridge chip and general micro-controller) to operate, and it transmits data at a whopping 300Mbps (that’s like the current Wireless N, Wi-Fi speeds!). However under “ideal circumstances”, there have been even higher speeds recorded and the company managed to pull off other feats including less power consumption and lower manufacturing costs. Sony has some big ambitions in mass producing these chips by the end of this year and running manufacturers at only around $22 apiece to integrate in their devices, we may just see this technology showing up in many portable devices we use today.

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