Agere Systems is introducing a new product category, the Mobile Content Server, that aiming at freeing up users from the PC and stationary storage devices.
The little box is about the size of a credit card, and allows consumers to access, back up and share their digital content whenever and wherever they want in peer-to-peer mode or over the Internet.
With dimensions of 90 mm long by 60 mm wide and between 6 mm and 15 mm thick (depending on memory capacity), the BluOnyx server easily slips into a shirt pocket or purse and features its own rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 hours. The 40 Gigabyte version of the BluOnyx server weighs about 140 grams, or about half of the weight of the typical smart phone handheld device.
The company says users will be able to share and stream music, video and business files to or from electronic devices ranging from mobile phones, PCs, digital cameras, game machines, DSL routers and others, using peer-to-peer technologies that do not require a PC for its operations but can move content to and from a PC using USB and wireless connectivity.
Devices can connect to the BluOnyx server wirelessly through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections or using USB cables or SD cards. The BluOnyx server can be accessed directly or through a home or corporate network where it is seen as a drive letter. The amount of storage on the BluOnyx server will range from 1 GB (gigabyte) to 40 GB.
Its contents can be displayed on a mobile phone, PC or TV.
Agere is also in discussions with consumer electronic device makers and mobile phone service providers regarding manufacturing and private labeling unique products based on the BluOnyx server system and industrial design.
The retail price of the BluOnyx server is expected to range from US$99 to US$250 depending on memory capacity.