Monday, January 14, 2008

Battle brewing over eliminating all those wires - CES 2008-

Yet another rival format from Sony

I am a big fan of Sony products, they are some of the most popular products out there but why does the company insist on accompanying these products with their own proprietary standards.

TransferJet, BluRay Disc, Memory Stick, UMD, just a handful of the many formats Sony had tried tirelessly to force upon us when we buy one of their products and the majority of which have failed to take off.

Despite their past failures Sony this week introduced TransferJet a new technology which is as near as makes no difference, a complete copy of Wireless USB, except it isn't, its worse.

TransferJet's theoretical maximum data-transfer rate is 560Mbps although in practice we will more likely see rates more like 375Mbps and because the system is low-powered the 2 devices must be within 2 inches of each other.

Wireless USB, on the other hand, offers a maximum rate of 480Mbps within a distance of 3m.

It baffles me why Sony continues to develop formats in direct competition to already well backed (and often superior) standards.  Sure they can tie customers in, forcing them to buy compatible products from Sony but the majority of people can see straight through their strategy and instead opt for the more convenient formats.

The one exception (as far as I can see) is BluRay Disc which is marginally superior to the now almost dead HD DVD.

Battle brewing over eliminating all those wires - CES 2008-

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Anonymous said...

How about it, who remembers BETA. :)