CES 2012 is just few days away and as always even this year some never heard before innovations will be unveiled at Las Vegas from 12-14th Jan. In this article we are throwing lights on exciting products in communications field that we might see at CES 2012.
Local area connectivity:
Wireless local area networks were confined to speed of 1Gbps as of now. But come CES 2012 and you will find implementations of 802.11ac by Buffalo, Broadcom and Redpipe which can offer data transfer speeds of 4Gbps. If 4Gbps is not enough for you then you might wanna have a look at Wilocity’s display of 802.11ad implementation which pushes data transfer speeds to 7Gbps.
These were the products which enhanced the underlying technology. Now let’s have a look at products which are using existing local area connectivity technologies in newer innovative way. Samsung’s Dual View Camera can send photos over wi-fi so no need to worry about memory getting full. Taztag is coming up with Tazpad which they claim is first NFC tablet in the market. Wohoo fitness has comeup with BlueHR product which when strapped on waist can monitor your heartbeats and send it over blueotooth to your iPhone and some other supported smartphones.
Apart from this Wi3 has come up with WiPNET which can convert traditional coax cable communications to Ethernet/WiFi based digital communication
Also NXP has planned some NFC demos where in use of NXP NFC chips for MCU and automotive applications will be displayed.
Our Favorite: Wilocity’s 802.11ad implementation
Sector Focus: Higher Speeds
Wide Area Connectivity:
4G LTE based handset was introduced in CES 2011. This year WAC has gone one step ahead and Wilson Electronics has come up with Signal Booster for 4G LTE. Novatel wireless has developed MiFi which sets up mobile hotspots to which 4-5 devices can be connected. Pegastick has combined 4G 3G nd 2G i.e. EDGE, HSPA+ and LTE respectively on one USB datacard.OnStar is displaying prototype where in 4G LTE technology is optimized for use in automobiles.
Our Favorite: Pegastick
Sector Focus: Integration and enhancement
Cloud Based Services
Cloud based services seems like a theme of CES 2012, with number of conferences on cloud based services and many other products implementing it. Lenovo is gonna display functioning of its new cloud based storage system while Oplink Communications has come up with C4MI (Cloud for Mobile Interactive) which will allow sensors to access cloud enabling them to process outputs. Fordela has developed a platform for stream multimedia content over the cloud to any device. One outstanding innovation has come from Sanyo, product is called HyperDriveCloudFTP. When USB drive is connected to CloudFTP, drive can act as a wireless file server.
Our Favorite: CloudFTP
Sector Focus: Richer content on cloud
Premraj is a Senior Business Research Analyst at Dolcera with expertise in communications and emerging technologies