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TransferJet Consortium Formed

A group of consumer electronics makers today announced the formation of the TransferJet Consortium to develop specifications for Sony's short-distance TransferJet wireless technology, which was announced in January at CES in Las Vegas.

The consortium includes:

  • Sony Corporation ("TransferJet Consortium" Administration)
  • Canon Inc.
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Hitachi Ltd.
  • Victor Company of Japan
  • KDDI Corporation
  • Kenwood Corporation
  • Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd (Panasonic)
  • Nikon Corporation
  • Olympus Imaging Corporation
  • Pioneer Corporation
  • Seiko Epson Corporation
  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications
  • Toshiba Corporation

TransferJet is a low-power, short-distance, high-datarate transfer technology designed primarily to allow communication between devices that are physically touching. The technology has an effective transmission rate of 375 Mbits/s, and uses very low-intensity radio waves, which should minimize interference with other devices. The effective distance for transmission is 3 cm.

The consortium hopes to enable devices to instantaneously connect when touching: For example, touching a digital camera to a television would instantly display photos on the television screen.

A web site has been set up with more information: http://www.transferjet.org/en/index.html.

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