MA-USB will allow wireless devices and docking stations to communication over USB without having to plug anything in.
Today the USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) announced a new specification that allows for wireless devices to communicate over existing USB infrastructure without having to have a physical USB port.
This new specification, named Media Agnostic USB (MA-USB), is designed to enable devices to achieve gigabyte data speeds and support Wi-Fi, both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz varieties; as well as WiGig and WiMedia UWB radios. MA-USB is also compliant with USB 3.1 and 3.0, as well as USB 2.0.
While the above may sound like gobbedly-gook, all of this is to say that now a standard has been opened to allow for items like iPods, cameras, external hard drives, docking stations, and flash drives to be able to transfer data much faster and without having to physically plug them in to your desktop or laptop. When you combine wireless transfer with the fact that MA-USB will allow for gigabyte rates of speeds, you’re talking about enormous amounts of data being transferred much more quickly without the need to plug in USB cords to ports. Essentially you can have things like entertainment home systems that can transfer video or audio between a computer and your TV without pesky cords mucking up the place.
Realistically it will probably be another year before you’ll see the new devices utilizing MA-USB. Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance stated, “We share a commitment with the USB-IF to enhance wireless connectivity. The completion of MA-USB supports our efforts to deliver wireless data, display and audio applications, all while providing the best user experience.”