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WiMedia Alliance supports MBOA UWB specs

Posted: 10 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Design Corner? RF/wireless design?

The WiMedia Alliance has endorsed the MultiBand OFDM Alliance (MBOA) ultrawideband specifications for use with the WiMedia Convergence Platform. The move is expected to pave the way for wireless connectivity between electronics products in consumer electronics, PC, and mobile segments.

The endorsement pairs the MBOA's efforts to deliver a high data-rate, short-range wireless UWB radio with the convergence architecture being developed by the WiMedia Alliance. The combination provides a foundation for the implementation of wireless versions of 1394, USB, and Internet-Protocol-based application protocols.

The WiMedia Alliance's mission is to promote wireless connectivity and interoperability among multimedia devices. The initial focus was based on the IEEE 802.15.3 standard and in anticipation of its UWB physical layer extension. The leading contender in this IEEE process is the proposal from the MBOA. However, during the past year, the IEEE has not confirmed the new physical layer prompting WiMedia to take the direct action of endorsing this technical direction.

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