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Ecma's new UWB standard based on WiMedia platform

Posted: 13 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMedia Alliance? Ecma International? UWB? Ultra-Wideband?

The WiMedia Alliance recently announced that Ecma International's newly released standard for UWB technology is based on the WiMedia ultra wideband (UWB) common radio platform. Ecma will submit the standard to ISO/IEC JTC 1 for fast track approval.

Shared members of WiMedia Alliance and Ecma submitted the WiMedia UWB platform specifications to Ecma in early 2005. Those specifications were drafted by Alliance members from the world's prominent consumer electronics, mobile device, personal computer and semiconductor companies. Working in Ecma, experts aided in the final completion of the ECMA-368 standardthe physical (PHY) layer and Media Access Control (MAC) layer specifications. Separately, the ECMA-369 standard specifies the MAC-PHY interface.

"We are happy to see the rapid development of the UWB layers after such wireless systems have been studied for a long time," said Jan van den Beld, Secretary General of Ecma. "Ecma expects that industry will now quickly take advantage of these standards by implementing various low-cost wireless personal area network (WPAN) devices such as wireless USB."

Based on Multi-band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (MB-OFDM) technology, the WiMedia UWB platform is optimized for complementary WPAN technologies such as Bluetooth, Certified Wireless USB, Wireless 1394 and Wireless IP. This solution enables short-range multimedia file transfers at data rates of 480Mbps+ with low power consumption, and operates in the 3.1GHz to 10.6GHz UWB spectrum.

"Our work with Ecma brings us one step closer to finally establishing a single, viable radio that allows manufacturers to create reliable products with differentiating functionality while giving consumers the choice of product brands," said Stephen Wood, president of the WiMedia Alliance. "Products are coming this year. No question. And, WiMedia Alliance diligently works every day to make sure that when those products hit the shelves, they can operate legally and, in turn, meet their potential."

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