A good sign of this is the virtual cable technology that Philips is
launching at the show. This uses Dect digital cordless telephony
technology to replace cables in the home with an 1800MHz radio link
running data at 28.8Kbit/s.
The advantage of the system is that it uses existing spectrum that does
not need licensing as well as standard Dect silicon that is already
shipping in volume. It also uses the robust time domain algorithms of
Dect to avoid interference from or with other equipment.
At the moment, the system is in a PC Card (PCMCIA) developed with Alps
Electric of Japan, and uses software developed by Philips' subsidiary,
S3 of Dublin.
Currently, the card will only handle point to point links such as two
handheld computers, or a handheld to a PC over a maximum distance of 50
to 300m. But the next version of the software will allow point to
This opens up the possibility of having a Dect hub directly alongside a
USB Rehub, so that peripherals such as printers, scanners and modems
could all be hooked up to a PC without wires.
Philip A. DesAutels
Senior Principal Architect
MatchLogic. Inc. 303.666.6815 x 20