Icron Technologies
Corporation the developers of ExtremeUSB and
Global Interface Technologies Inc. (GIT) of Japan,
developers of a full-band Ultra Wideband (UWB) platform for
wireless connectivity, today announced a joint development
program designed to offer USB 2.0 connectivity over GIT’s
short range UWB platform.

The combination of Icron’s ExtremeUSB technology, the
backbone of the Cable Free USB architecture, and GIT’s UWB
platform, the only full-band (3.1-10.6 GHz) UWB platform
available, will allow OEM customers to implement wireless,
plug and play USB 2.0 connectivity into their designs.
This solution is designed for wireless connectivity of
devices without the need for drivers or changes to any
operating systems including all USB 2.0 supported Windows,
Linux and MAC OS platforms.

“We are very excited to work with Global Interface
Technologies Inc. and their UWB chipset. GIT’s
implementation of UWB specifically addresses the Japanese
market and its unique and stringent operation parameters.
Icron’s ExtremeUSB for Wireless architecture is ideally
suited to enhance this value added implementation of UWB,”
commented Robert Eisses, President and CEO for Icron.

The initial solution, planned for 2007 availability,
will enable end-users to seamlessly connect any USB device
including USB cameras, flash drives and printers without the
need for a cable. It also requires no set up or user
configuration, making it the only transparent plug and play
wireless USB solution in the market. The development plan
will ultimately deliver a fully integrated chipset solution
targeted at the high volume OEM consumer electronics market.

“We believe it is a great convergence of technologies
to bring a true high-speed wireless USB 2.0 solution to
reality,” said Shogo Ida, President and CEO of Global
Interface Technologies. “The targeted integrated solution
utilizing Icron’s ExtremeUSB technology allows ease of use,
high-speed Wireless USB applications for worldwide consumer
electronics markets.”

In-Stat recently reported that the global market for
Wireless USB is expected to be an estimated 280 million
units by 2010, and would come in various formats and result
in products such as wireless USB hubs or other embedded

Terms of the agreement were not released.