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Wireless connector enables thinner mobile devices

16 Jan 2015

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SiBEAM has unveiled its SiBEAM Snap wireless connector technology that claims to support thinner and more robust mobile devices. According to the company, the SiBEAM Snap technology has been designed to replace physical connectors on a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets, 2-in-1 laptops, action cameras, wireless docks and point-of-sales (POS) kiosks.

Consumers today use their mobile devices everywhere and expect those devices to have stunning designs and protected from everyday mishaps such as spilled coffee in the office or water damage on the ski slope. While wireless technologies such as LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, WirelessHD and wireless charging have provided consumers the freedom to use their mobile device anywhere, physical connectors continue to limit device robustness and industrial design.

By replacing physical connectors with SiBEAM Snap wireless connectors, device manufacturers are liberated to design more elegant devices for consumers that are completely wireless, thinner, lighter and better protected from damage caused by water, mud and dust, noted the company.

The SiBEAM Snap technology promises to be an ideal enhancement to wireless power or wireless charging that is rapidly becoming an essential feature in smartphones and tablets. When combined with wireless charging, SiBEAM Snap technology can completely replace USB, HDMI, or DisplayPort connectors for data and video transfers and power charge, allowing for a truly connector-free mobile device.

SiBEAM is announcing its first two Snap single-chip IC solutions, the SB6212 Snap transmitter and SB6213 Snap receiver, designed to replace any USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 connector and deliver up to 12Gb/s of bi-directional throughput wirelessly, providing the bandwidth for high-speed video and data transfer.

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