Sony today announced the development of the “single wire interface technology”, which is aimed at simplifying the internal wiring system of mobile devices. It essentially makes it possible to transmit both data and power through a single cable made of copper. Sony says that it can replace the up to 22 different wires currently being used inside some mobile phones.
Apart from power, the single wire is suitable for transmitting audio, video (for the display and camera), and control signals. In experiments, Sony has apparently reached transmission speeds of up to 940Mbps over a distance of 60cm.
Sony is pitching its new technology as a way for makers of mobile devices to streamline the manufacturing process and produce hardware that’s more durable and flexible in design.