CME introduces the WIDI X-8 ($249.99), a full-duplex wireless system for MIDI and USB communication that can help clean up long MIDI cable runs or extend USB connections. The two units communicate over a wireless 2.4GHz ISM license-free band at a transmission range of up to 262 feet (unobstructed). The WIDI X-8 is also able to communicate through walls and floors, and its 64 available channels mean up to 64 pairs can run at the same time, making connections faster and easier.
The WIDI X-8 comes with two identical MIDI/USB devices that can operate in four different modes. First, each unit can work independently as a stand-alone USB to MIDI interface. With both units in MIDI/RF mode, a keyboard or MIDI controller can be connected wirelessly to rack modules, samplers or other keyboards. With both units in USB/RF mode, USB data is transmitted between devices, allowing wireless communication between two computers in different areas of the home or studio. Putting one unit in USB/RF mode and the other in MIDI/RF mode results in a wireless interface for connecting a keyboard or MIDI controller to a computer.
The WIDI X-8 is Mac OS X and Windows XP class-compliant for plug-and-play operation, and can be powered by two AA size batteries, an AC power adapter (DC 5V) or a USB bus.
CME states that the WIDI X-8 will be available in August 2006.