Toshiba Launches Industry’s First microUSB Adaptor Module Compliant with the TransferJet™ Close Proximity Wireless Transfer Standard
Application for Android™ smartphones and tablets
Düsseldorf, Germany, 4th January 2013 –Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) has announced it will launch the industry’s first1 microUSB adaptor module compliant with the TransferJet™ close proximity wireless transfer technology standard. Mass production of this microUSB adaptor module, TJM35420MU, is scheduled to begin in March 2013 for sales to smartphone and tablet manufacturers and to PC peripheral equipment suppliers.
The TJM35420MU is the industry’s first TransferJet™ microUSB adaptor module integrating a TransferJet™ transceiver IC, a coupler, an RF filter, peripheral passive parts, and a USB connection circuit. TransferJet™ communications can be implemented in Android™ devices2, such as smartphones and tablets, that have a microUSB port by inserting this module in the port and installing application software for Android™. Support for other operating systems is being prepared.
TransferJet™-enabled devices can transfer a one-minute high-definition movie in approximately three seconds3. TransferJet™ is expected to be widely adopted for smartphones, tablets, and various other computing and consumer electronic devices. Toshiba will continue to develop and commercialize transceiver ICs and modules compliant with TransferJet™.
Toshiba will showcase, for reference, a tablet equipped with a prototype of this microUSB adaptor module, and a TransferJet™-enabled SDHC memory card, which is under development, at the 2013 International CES, the world’s biggest consumer technology-related trade show, to be held from January 8 to 11, 2013, in Las Vegas, U.S.A.
1. As of December 27, 2012. Survey by Toshiba
2. Certain Android devices may not support TransferJet™.
3. For calculation, the capacity of a one-minute high-definition movie is assumed to be 128 MB.
Background and Objectives
Demand is surging for simple yet high-speed sharing of large multimedia files, such as photos, movies, and audio data among individuals. In view of this demand, Toshiba has commercialized products (including a transceiver IC, a compact wireless module, a microSDIO card, and a USB adaptor module) that are compliant with the TransferJet™ standard for close proximity wireless transfer technology allowing data transfer just by touching two devices together. The latest addition to the line-up is a microUSB adaptor module that can be easily attached to smartphones and other mobile devices.
TransferJet™ is a close proximity wireless transfer technology standard promoted by the TransferJet™ Consortium whose membership consists of 45 companies (as of December 27, 2012), including Toshiba. TransferJet™ technology provides simple connection and high-speed data transfer with low power consumption just by selecting on the screen of a device the data file to be transferred and by touching the receiving device with that device. Application of TransferJet™ technology is expected to expand when combined with various devices and technologies, such as digital signage and Near Field Communications (NFC).
Mass production starts
100,000 units a month
Incorporating TransferJet™-compliant transceiver IC
Built-in RF filter and other RF components
Built-in TransferJet™ coupler
USB host interface
Support of Android 3.x/4.x
*TransferJet™ is a trademark licensed by the TransferJet™ Consortium.
* Product specifications are under development and are current as of December 27, 2012.
*Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc.
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is ranked among the world’s largest semiconductor vendors. TEE offers one of the industry’s broadest IC and discrete product lines including high-end memory, microcontrollers, ASICs, ASSPs and display products for automotive, multimedia, industrial, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions. TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany, providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales and now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with branch offices in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. TEE employs approximately 300 people in Europe. Company president is Mr. Takashi Nagasawa.
Toshiba Corporation is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Founded in 1875, Toshiba today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing US$77 billion.
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