TransferJet is a new type of close proximity wireless transfer technology developed by Sony and initially demonstrated publicly in early 2008. By touching (or bringing very close together) two electronic devices, TransferJet allows high speed exchange of data. The concept of TransferJet consists of a touch-activated interface which can be applied for applications requiring high-speed data transfer between two devices in a peer-to-peer mode without the need for external physical connectors.
TransferJet's maximum physical layer transmission rate is 560 Mbit/s. After allowing for error correction and other protocol overhead, the effective maximum throughput is 375 Mbit/s. TransferJet will adjust the data rate downward according to the wireless environment, thereby maintaining a robust link even when the surrounding wireless condition fluctuates.
TransferJet has the capability of identifying the unique MAC addresses of individual devices, enabling users to choose which devices can establish a connection. By allowing only devices inside the household, for example, one can prevent data theft from strangers while riding a crowded train. If, on the other hand, one wishes to connect the device with any other device at a party, this can be done by simply disabling the filtering function.
TransferJet uses the same frequency spectrum as UWB, but occupies only a section of this band available as a common worldwide channel. Since the RF power is kept under -70 dBm/MHz, it can operate in the same manner as that of UWB devices equipped with DAA functionality. In addition, this low power level also ensures that there will be no interference to other wireless systems, including other TransferJet systems, operating nearby.
By reducing the RF power and spatial reach down to a few centimeters (about an inch or less), a TransferJet connection in its most basic mode does not require any initial setup procedure by the user for either device, and the action of spontaneously touching one device with another will automatically trigger the data transfer. More complex usage scenarios will require various means to select the specific data to send as well as the location to store (or method to process) the received data.
TransferJet utilizes a newly developed TransferJet Coupler based on the principle of electric induction field as opposed to radiation field for conventional antennas. The functional elements of a generic TransferJet Coupler consist of a coupling electrode or plate, a resonant stub and ground. Compared to conventional radiating antennas, the TransferJet Coupler achieves higher transmission gain and more efficient coupling in the near-field while providing sharp attenuation at longer distances. Because the Coupler generates longitudinal electric fields, there is no polarization and the devices can be aligned at any angle.
|Center Frequency||4.48 GHz|
|Transmission Power||At or below -70 dBm/MHz (average)
Corresponds to low-intensity radio wave regulation in Japan and Taiwan, and with local regulations in other countries and regions.
|Transmission Rate||560 Mbit/s (max) / 375 Mbit/s (effective throughput)
System can adjust the transmission rate depending on the wireless environment.
|Modulation||Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
|Connection Distance||A few cm (nominal)|
|Connection Topology||1-to-1, Point-to-Point|
|Antenna Element||Longitudinal electric induction coupler|
Although sometimes confused with Near Field Communication, TransferJet depends on an entirely different technology and is also generally targeted for different usage scenarios focusing on high-speed data transfer. Thus these two systems will not interfere with each other and can even co-exist in the same location, as already implemented in certain products. Other recent products combine TransferJet with wireless power to allow both data transfer and wireless charging capability simultaneously in the same location. TransferJet, NFC and wireless power are the three major near-field (contact-less) technologies that are expected to eliminate the physical connections and cables currently required to interface devices with each other.
Comparison with NFC
|Center Frequency||4.48 GHz||13.56 MHz|
|Transmission Rate||560 Mbit/s||424 kbit/s|
|Main Use Cases||Fast file transfer, data synchronization
Electronic Payment, ID Tagging
|Connection Type (power)||active-active||active-passive or active-active|
|Connection Distance||A few cm||A few cm|
|Antenna Element||Longitudinal electric induction coupler||Magnetic induction coil or loop|
|Standardization Body||ECMA 398, ISO/IEC 17568||ECMA 340, ISO/IEC 18092|
The TransferJet Consortium was established in July 2008 to advance and promote the TransferJet Format, by developing the technical specifications and compliance testing procedures as well as creating a market for TransferJet-compliant, interoperable products. In September 2011, the consortium was registered as an independent non-profit industry association. As of July 1, 2012, the Consortium is led by nine Promoter companies, consisting of: Hitachi Ltd, JVC-Kenwood, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pioneer, Seiko Epson, Sony (consortium administrator), and Toshiba. The Consortium currently also has more than thirty Adopter companies, for a total of over fifty member companies.
Commercial products have been introduced since January 2010 and the initial product categories include digital cameras, laptop PCs, USB cradle accessories and new office/business equipment. Compliance testing equipment is provided by Agilent technologies and certification services are offered by Allion Test Labs and XXCAL Japan. The first commercially available TransferJet development platform for embedded systems was launched by Icoteq Ltd in February 2015.
- "Sony develops TransferJet".
- "TransferJet Expanded White Paper" (PDF).
- "Basic Specifications".
- "Sony VAIO F Series Laptop with TransferJet/FeliCa dual function".
- "Sony's New Camera Supports Wireless Power Transmission, TransferJet".
- "TransferJet Consortium established".
- "About TransferJet Consortium".
- "Digital Still Camera".
- "Laptop PC".
- "USB Cradle Accessory".
- "Discussion Table".
- "Hardware Development Platform".
- TransferJet Consortium Official Website
- TransferJet Consortium Offers New Adopter Membership
- TransferJet Consortium Launch Press Release
- RF Module Compatible with TransferJet
- Memory Card module
- Allion qualified as TransferJet Certification Lab
- XXCAL qualified as TransferJet Certification Lab - in Japanese
- Agilent Test Measurement System - in Japanese
- Toshiba Shows Its First TransferJet Prototypes
- TransferJet technology equipped au mobile phone
- Sony Ericsson Now Support Skype, JAVA, Flash and TransferJet
- TransferJet Consortium SNS Website
- Future TransferJet specification will increase transfer speeds to 1gb+
- Murata Develops World's Smallest TransferJet™ compatible Wireless Module Device
- TransferJet Technical Overview
- Icoteq Launch TransferJet Hardware Development Platform