Tuesday, March 18th 2014

USB-IF Completes Media Agnostic USB Specification

Today the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced the completion of the Media Agnostic (MA) USB v1.0 specification. This specification is now available for download on the USB-IF website.

The MA-USB specification is designed to enable devices to achieve wireless gigabit transfer rates while leveraging existing USB infrastructure. The specification allows wireless devices and docking stations to communicate over the USB protocol, without the need for a physical USB connection. MA-USB supports multiple media types, including Wi-Fi operating in 2.4 and 5 GHz; WiGig operating in 60 GHz; WiMedia UWB radios operating between 3.1-10.6 GHz, and other existing or new wired or wireless media types that want to use the USB protocol as the transport. MA-USB is compliant with SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 and USB 3.0) and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0).

The USB-IF utilized the WiGig Serial Extension (WSE) v1.2 specification from Wi-Fi Alliance as the initial foundation for the MA-USB specification. Products that incorporate MA-USB as an underlying ingredient technology can identify MA-USB support with the USB-IF's ingredient brand "Powered by MA-USB". Use of the ingredient brand will require that products pass the USB-IF certification program for MA-USB. Products that are "Powered by MA-USB" give consumers more flexibility to wirelessly connect their USB-enabled devices.

"We share a commitment with the USB-IF to enhance wireless connectivity," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. "The completion of MA-USB supports our efforts to deliver wireless data, display and audio applications, all while providing the best user experience."
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3 Comments on USB-IF Completes Media Agnostic USB Specification

#1
Arjai
Neat, now I need to find something stamped with "Powered by MA-USB".

Anybody have a list of said devices?
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#2
Brusfantomet
Have a feeling its something like this at the moment:


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#3
Vinska
well, duh! They completed the specification just now, so there can't be any devices yet. Unless device manufacturers are bold enough to build such inflexible thing as hardware on some unfinished drafts or so. I don't think so.
And even on devices where just changing the software is enough, i.e. by updating the firmware, it will still take some time.
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