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Intel: Ultra-Wideband Wireless Products Move A Step Closer To Market Availability With Completion Of Key Specifications

  • 04 March, 2005 14:41

<p>INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2005 – Intel Corporation today updated its progress driving the development of a complete, standards-based, common platform for ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology. Updates include the completion of key technical specifications and the merger of the WiMedia Alliance and Multi-band OFDM Alliance (MBOA) industry groups to drive the standardisation and adoption of UWB.</p>
<p>UWB is a wireless technology designed to transmit data within short range (up to 10 metres) at very high bandwidths (up to 480Mbps) while using little power. It is ideally suited for wirelessly transferring high-quality multimedia content such as videos, between consumer electronic devices and computer peripherals. One of the main advantages of UWB is it does not interfere with other wireless technologies already in use such as Wi-Fi*, WiMAX* and cellular wide-area communications.</p>
<p>The Wireless USB specification is expected to be completed at the end of March and the MBOA medium access controller (MAC) is scheduled to be completed by midyear.</p>
<p>Wireless USB will be one of the technology implementations that will use UWB as the radio technology. The goal of Wireless USB is to deliver the same ease of use and high speeds associated with USB 2.0, but without wires. To maintain the same usage and architecture as wired USB, the Wireless USB Promoter Group, of which Intel is a leading member, is defining the wireless USB specification. The first version of this specification will be completed by the end of this month. This will enable an easy migration path for today’s wired USB solutions.</p>
<p>The MBOA’s MAC layer specification v1.0 is expected to be finalised by the end of June, after the group’s merger with the WiMedia Alliance. The WiMedia Alliance and the MBOA are industry groups that share a large portion of their memberships and have similar missions. Combining these groups will bring efficiency in developing the UWB standards and interoperability. After the groups merge they will maintain the current momentum to create a certification and interoperability testing program capable of addressing the entire UWB technology stack.</p>
<p>“One of the key successes of the UWB program is the enormous industry support and cooperation for developing the specifications, with close to 200 companies involved,” said Kevin Kahn, senior fellow, Intel’s Corporate Technology Group. “In addition, with the merger of WiMedia and MBOA, the association will grow stronger and deliver a more integrated, interoperable specification.”</p>
<p>Intel believes the broadly supported MBOA, WiMedia Alliance and Wireless USB Promoter Group will enable commercial development of UWB standards-based products in late 2005 to early 2006. Through cooperative work with many other key industry players in the consumer electronics, computing and communications segments, as well as these industry groups, Intel is helping to create an ecosystem for UWB-enabled devices.</p>
<p>About IDF</p>
<p>The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry’s premier event for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.</p>
<p>About Intel</p>
<p>Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.</p>
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<p>For more information, please contact:</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine OR Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
Tel: +61 2 9954 3299
Email: debbies@spectrumcomms.com.au /martyf@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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