On September 9, Huawei's autumn new product launch conference was held in Shenzhen, and a number of blockbuster products were released in one breath within two hours, and many new technologies that flashed but had great origins were hidden in Yu Chengdong's extremely fast speech. "NearLink", which symbolizes the revolution of domestic wireless connection technology, is one of the biggest highlights. The Wall Street Journal described it as "challenging global wireless communication standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi" and "also shows that China has redoubled its efforts to self-sufficiency in key technologies under US sanctions."


Yu Chengdong, Executive Director of Huawei, CEO of Device BG, and Chairman of Intelligent Vehicle Solution BU, mentioned the new word "Star Flash" when introducing his "decade work" Mate Pad Pro 13.2 and the third-generation M-Pencil. The former supports the "Starlight" short-range wireless connection technology, and is also the world's first tablet product to support this technology; The latter is "the world's first terminal product using Starflash technology", claiming that "it can be 6 times faster than Bluetooth in pressure-sensitive acquisition and transmission, with a delay as low as 0ms, and supports more than 20,<>-level pressure", and the accuracy is <>% higher than the second generation of Apple's Apple Pencil.

So, what exactly is "Starlight" technology? In fact, it can be understood as short-range wireless connection technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and it is a transcendent work that was "forced" by the United States. In 2019, due to US sanctions, Huawei was kicked out of the Bluetooth Technology Alliance, and Huawei first launched "Super Bluetooth" in response, and even rumored to replace "Bluetooth" with "Green Fang".

Yu Chengdong, Executive Director of Huawei, CEO of Device BG, and Chairman of Intelligent Vehicle Solution BU, introduced the "Starlight" technology at Huawei's new product launch conference on September 9. (Video screenshot)

In fact, in this process, Huawei invited major domestic technology companies and scientific research units to cooperate and jointly establish the "SparkLink" on its own. In order to alleviate the concerns of friendly companies, Huawei transferred the project to the Chinese Academy of Engineering in September 2020, with Academician Wu Hequan as the director of the expert committee, and Huawei was listed as the vice chairman unit with first-class enterprises such as Lenovo, China Mobile, and vivo. At present, the member units of the Star Alliance have expanded to more than 9, and many famous universities, computers, smart cars, home appliances, network operators and other enterprises are among them.

Users are familiar with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in the terminal, each has its own advantages, the former pursues lower power consumption, the latter pursues higher transmission efficiency, but the two independent development decades are still clear barriers, has never been able to integrate interconnection. Even Apple's AirDrop function is not a barrier break, but in the transmission process, the two technologies are used separately for point-to-point transmission.

However, from the perspective of the architectural principle of Starlight, the upper layer of Starflash belongs to the "basic application layer" and "basic service layer", and as the underlying "Starflash access layer", SLB and SLE are integrated, the former is benchmarked against Wi-Fi, and the latter is benchmarked against Bluetooth. Expert analysis, "This means that the domestic protocol has broken the thick barriers built by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for the first time in the past 20 years!"

A member of the "Star Alliance". (Star Alliance official website)

On August 2023, 8, Huawei Developer (HDC) Conference officially released the next-generation short-range wireless connection technology, Starflash, which provides a stronger connection for the "Internet of Everything" goal of the Harmony operating system. Huawei has also taken the lead in applying Starflash technology to its own products, such as Huawei smart screens and Huawei speakers, and has used Starflash for multi-device interconnection.

According to information released by Huawei, after the combination of Starflash and its operating system Hongmeng, the power consumption, transmission speed, stability, and coverage area have been greatly improved. Officially, Starflash has low latency, high speed, high concurrency, high reliability, anti-interference, and precise positioning; Starflash only needs 60% of the current Bluetooth energy consumption, can reach 6 times the speed, the transmission delay is only 1/30, and can achieve lossless audio transmission.

In addition, according to Guo Zi, the author of the mainland self-media "Technology Fox", the maximum connection of the latest Bluetooth is 8 and the Wi-Fi 7 is 256; However, in terms of the maximum number of connections, Starflash supports up to 4,096 devices to interconnect. After evaluation and comparison, the fruit came to the conclusion: "Starflash is not a continuation of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but a cross-era revolution!"

Huawei M-Pencil is the world's first product to apply "Star Flash" technology to terminals. (Video screenshot)

Interestingly, just before the release of Huawei's new machine, the Bluetooth Alliance announced that Huawei was back in the organization. However, Huawei, which has been on the road of stars, has not returned to the old barrier agreement, but has chosen to continue to follow its own path. At the press conference on the 25th, Yu Chengdong said that Starflash will be further applied to smart terminals, smart homes, smart cars, and intelligent manufacturing in the future to achieve lower power consumption, faster speed, lower latency, more stable connection, wider coverage, and larger networking, which is why Starflash can call for and attract major enterprises to join.

Looking to the future, the further promotion of Starflash technology may depend on the growth of Hongmeng system equipment, and China's vast market provides a solid foundation for this vision. If this technology goes out of China, whether it is possible to form a "top three" in the world in the future, Starlight, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, it may be difficult to make a conclusion now, but I believe that there will be an answer soon.

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