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Toshiba is a company usually known for its storage solutions in portable devices, and hence, they were always involved with data transfer. For them, the storage problem is almost solved, but there is still the hassle of data transfer between two devices, and they have set out to solve that problem with what they call the Toshiba TransferJet technology. Toshiba showed off the TransferJet technology at the CES 2013 as they announced. We visited Toshiba’s International CES 2013 booth and we were able to get a glimpse of what the technology was all about, and we were left mighty impressed, here is the video demo -
The Toshiba TransferJet technology is an industry standards-based implementation, according to the person who gave the demo to us. It requires a minute hardware chip to be implemented to both the peer devices which are about to initiate data transfer. The TransferJet is also highly secure, and allows data transfer over the air with authenticated devices alone. Expanding on the technology, Toshiba’s website says -
TransferJet radiates very low energy radio waves due to its close proximity wireless communications and causes virtually no interference with other wireless systems and there is no impact on performance even if other TransferJet devices are operating in the vincinity.
So, a low power radio is what enables the handshake and the data transfer between two devices that are enabled with the TransferJet technology. To be a TransferJet device, the tablet or a smartphone device, or even a PC with an appropriate device can send/receive files using the small IC embedded onto a USB key or even just a micro SD memory card, in case it’s a smartphone or a tablet. The transfer rate is around 560 Mbps, but realistically, under less than ideal conditions, we are able to receive at 360 Mbps.
We find this technology as an interesting development in data transfer technologies, and we are banking on this because Toshiba claims it has created a standard and even has a lot of companies backing it up in a consortium of sorts. Lets hope this takes us to a easier, faster and a well connected transfer experience soon.
Bharadwaj contributed to this report, with inputs from Shilpa and Parth.