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What UWB and architecture have in common?

Posted: 19 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:uwb? soc? itu? ipv6? optical storage?

Talking about UWB sometimes is like trying to sing about architecture. Apart from the excitement surrounding the applications, UWB is something that needs to be witnessed to be experienced. With the myriad of potential uses, devices, and approaches, it's as if we've already put the cart first and now need to teach our horses how to push.

As with anything that gets widely adopted, a standard in some way, shape, or form will follow. Although the UWB industry and commercialization have been a long time in the making, the time now is short. Before long we'll see this equipment on the mass, global market. This is why we must keep the big picture in mind. Undoubtedly, UWB in all its fashions is here to stay for many years to come. Thus, global harmonization is paramount and satisfying the ITU community's interference concerns is crucial.

Like most successful approaches, the one best served in the adoption of UWB will be the one that best facilitates interoperability and coexistence of mobile devices. The efficient use of spectrum is the key, management and reform of our use and assignment has definite sunsets as the unlicensed spectrum with digital coded sequences is on the horizon. In delineating a new way of doing things, we must approach it in such a manner as to find a common ground outside of frequency assignments and walled allocation.

The future holds the promise of combining many developing technologies to create some pretty amazing things. Communication as we know it is about to change forever as the magic is already out of the bag. At the advent of advancing micro-motors to replace the battery, the SoC manufacturing process, antennae performance, and the miniaturization of optical storage, we'll soon see true data flow and mobility. Combining the robustness of UWB with applications which proliferate throughout the network, we'll create the opportunity to have everything, everywhere, all the time. Gigabit wireless, 10Gb Ethernet hubs, true native IPv6 transport via UWB over air, optics, cable and copper gives us huge capacity for throughput and connectivity. In some ways it opens up a wide array of privacy implications. As with issues of interference, we must adhere to a common etiquette and a code of ethics.

As to date, issues of in-band interference from common UWB devices and modulation translation are current challenges facing the engineering community. Am I excited about global adoption of UWB? You bet I am. It's an opportunity to use the radio frequency as determined by creativity, ingenuity and efficiency and not by leveraged buyouts of managed spectrum. I think it will both take over short-range applications and challenge mainstream communication technologies. Hopefully, the disruption is minimal as we migrate our way to a new dawn while ushering in a 2nd Report and Order.

- Gary Anderson

President & CEO

Uraxs Communications Inc.

This letter is part of the EE Times - Asia Open Loop feature regarding the Editor's Note on the impact of UWB devices in the current engineering community.

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