Google is working on new UWB-based features for Chromebooks

Ro, 19 August 2023

Currently, the UWB (Ultra Wide Band) applications are limited, and the chip is present in only a handful of Android and iOS devices. However, that's probably about to change in the near future as Google is working on new UWB-based Chromebook features.

Google is working on new UWB-based features for Chromebooks

While UWB is currently used mostly for a more accurate way to determine the device's position and navigation indoors, the short-range wireless communication protocol has a lot more potential than this. In fact, it's so powerful that it may replace Bluetooth, NFC and RFID in the future. Not to mention, it can rival the Wi-Fi protocol with high-frequency bands.

Moreover, the data transfer bandwidth via these millimeter waves can reach 1 Gbps, which is pretty fast for a wireless protocol. The UWB is also natively more precise, it's more efficient in terms of power consumption and the production of UWB chips will only get cheaper over time as the industry pushes for a wider adoption.

That's why Google sees great potential in the tech and is currently testing different use scenarios. Chromebook-to-Chromebook, Chromebook-to-Phone and even multi-peer connections are all possibilities currently explored by Google.



Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 22 Aug 2023
  • gqb

Standalone Linux still gives better customer support in the first place as the distro developers knows how to deal with problems related to their distro in the first place. To me, Linux experience on ChromeOS and also on Windows Subsystem is still to...

"What interests me more is UWB potentially replacing Bluetooth. Bluetooth has a 4Mbps data transfer rate, while UWB's is 1Gbps. This could potentially lead to lossless audio with little to no latency. I will never use Bluetooth headphones u...

  • BM
  • 21 Aug 2023
  • puj

But you can run linux applications in chrome OS flex. There is absolutelty no reason why you couldn't. And for most people/companies that is the whole point in getting chrome OS flex instead of a linux distribution. This is how you do it: http...

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