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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

UWB, WiMedia partner on ultra-wideband

Leading industry semiconductor, software Original Equipment Manufacturers cum Original Design Manufacturers (OEM/ODM) group, the Ultra-Wideband Forum is partnering WiMedia Alliance to grow ultra-wideband market.

The WiMedia Alliance is a not-for-profit open industry association that promotes and enables the rapid adoption, regulation, standardization and multi-vendor interoperability of ultra-wideband (UWB) worldwide.

According to Shannon Reid of UWB Forum, the partnership was in response to the International Electrical, and Electronic Engineers (IEEE 802.15.3a) task group vote to withdraw the Project Authorization Request (PAR) for that activity, hence UWB Forum and WiMedia Alliance announced that the industry will continue to grow the ultra wideband market.

Reid also said that the partnership is a show of commitment to the commercialisation of UWB and the need to standardize ultra-wideband projects.

“This statement was made in response to the vote by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.15.3a task group (TG3a) members, here at the Interim Meeting of the IEEE, to withdraw the January 2003 project authorization request (PAR) that initiated the development of high data rate UWB standards,” Reid said in a press statement made available to Champion Infotel.

Similarly in a joint statement they reiterated that as the industry organizations dedicated to UWB products, “we thank all contributing TG3a members and voters for their respective efforts during the past three years.”

However, they concur that, at this stage in UWB market development, a more prudent course of action is necessary to allow the market to move forward with the commercialization of multiple UWB technologies.

It would be recalled that members of the IEEE 802.15 TG3a voted weekend, to recommend dissolution of the task group.

Also, the 802.15 Working Group approved a motion to recommend dissolution of the 802.15.3a project to the IEEE SA NESCOM.

Even as TG3a’s most commendable achievement is the consolidation of 23 UWB PHY specifications into two proposals: MultiBand Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (MB-OFDM) UWB, supported by the WiMedia Alliance, and direct sequence-UWB (DS-UWB), supported by the UWB Forum.

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