Gefen Unveils Wireless USB Extender Making Real-Time Cable-Free USB 2.0 Extension a Reality

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Any USB 2.0 peripheral can be powered from remote distances up to 30 feet from any Apple computer without cables using Gefen’s first-of-its-kind Wireless USB Extender.

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The receiver is actually a four-port USB 2.0 hub, and we’re considering offering optional additional receivers as the computer’s sender unit can technically support more than one receiver at a time

Gefen announces the launch of its new Wireless USB Extender, making real-time cable-free USB 2.0 extension a reality. Any USB 2.0 peripheral can be powered from remote distances up to 30 feet from any Apple computer without cables using Gefen’s first-of-its-kind Wireless USB Extender.

The unit supports the instantaneous transfer of data using Freescale Semiconductor's Ultra-Wideband wireless solution and marks the initial release of UWB-enabled products for the U.S. market.

Like most of Gefen’s extension solutions, the Wireless USB Extender uses small sender and receiver units connected to the computer and the extended USB device. The difference ends here though as no cables are needed to link sender to receiver, which can connect to cameras, keyboards, printers or any USB 2.0 device located up to 30 feet from the computer.

“The receiver is actually a four-port USB 2.0 hub, and we’re considering offering optional additional receivers as the computer’s sender unit can technically support more than one receiver at a time,” said Hagai Gefen, president and CEO. “The receivers also support hub connections, so you can connect more than four devices into each receiver by adding hubs to the receiver.”

Freescale’s UWB technology enables high transfer rates of video, audio and data streams wirelessly, reaching rates 100 times faster than Bluetooth(r) technology while maintaining wire-like quality, according to initial testing. The Wireless USB Extender also uses ExtremeUSB technology from Icron Technologies Corporation that enables a seamless transition with no new software required.

Gefen’s plug and play Wireless USB Extender requires no upgrades or software installation. Demos will be provided throughout Macworld at Booth 2746, and the unit is expected to hit production by end of Q1 2006.

About Gefen

A leader in the high definition digital domain, Gefen delivers advanced technologies with multi-platform extension, switching, distribution and conversion capabilities. Gefen equipment is utilized all over the world in professional AV/IT and consumer electronics/home theater environments. Their add-on hardware maximizes system functionality and enhances operability by enabling AV systems to go beyond their original functionalities. Solutions support an array of connectivity interfaces including HDMI, DVI, dual link DVI, HD-SDI, SDI, VGA, RCA, USB, Firewire and RS-232. A selection of high quality cabling is also available. Additional information may be found at http://www.gefen.com.

At Macworld - Gefen Booth 2746

For more information:

Linda Morgan

+1 (818) 620-9331

Hagai Gefen

+1 (818) 884-6294

PRWeb is the unofficial press release wire service for Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, is Macworld Day at PRWeb.

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