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New wireless USB standard to be launched next year

The Wi-Fi Alliance has signed a deal with the USB Implementers Forum that will see the WiGig high-speed wireless standard power a new wireless version of USB, PC World has reported. The new wireless form of USB, called Media Agnostic USB, will be able to use any kind of wireless system, and is being defined for multiple media, including WiGig, Wi-Fi and WiMedia UWB (ultrawideband). WiGig is intended to carry video, audio and data at high speeds over unlicensed frequencies in the 60GHz range, far above the bands used by Wi-Fi. WiGig is faster than Wi-Fi, up to 7Gbps (bits per second), but works over shorter distances.