Sony handheld computers will soon be able to exchange data with other digital
devices via a universal serial bus (USB) port without PC intervention. The
Tokyo-based electronics giant said future Clie PDAs will come equipped with
Philips' USB On-The-Go chip.
USB On-The-Go is a way for gadgets like mobile phones to link and exchange
data directly with other computer peripherals.
While existing wireless data transfer modes such as Bluetooth promises
similar benefits, these standards are not ubiquitous and backward-compatible.
USB slots, on the other hand, are commonly found in existing devices such
as printers and audio players.
Although the USB On-the-Go standard is not new, Sony is among the first
gadget makers to detail concrete plans for its adoption.
One analyst believes Sony is on the right track by tapping into the large
installed base of USB-enabled peripheral devices.