Currently, UWB (Ultra Wide Band) applications are limited, and the chip is only available in a handful of Android and iOS devices. However, this is likely to change in the near future as Google is working on UWB-based Chromebook features.
While UWB is currently used for more accurate location determination and indoor navigation, the short-range wireless communication protocol has much more potential. In fact, it’s so powerful that it could replace Bluetooth, NFC, and RFID in the future. Not to mention, it can compete with the Wi-Fi protocol on higher frequency bands.
Moreover, the bandwidth of data transmission through these millimeter waves can reach 1 Gbps, which is very fast for a wireless protocol. UWB is natively accurate, more efficient in terms of power consumption and manufacturing UWB chips will become increasingly cheaper as the industry pushes for wider adoption.
That’s why Google has a lot of potential in the technology and is currently testing different use cases. Chromebook-to-Chromebook, Chromebook-to-phone, and multi-peer connections are all currently being explored by Google.