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Bluetooth SIG selects MB-OFDM UWB for integration with Bluetooth

Posted: 04 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth SIG? WiMedia Alliance? multiband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing? MB-OFDM? ultrawideband?

The Bluetooth SIG has selected the WiMedia Alliance multiband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MB-OFDM) version of ultrawideband (UWB) for integration with current Bluetooth wireless technology.

According to the press release, the new Bluetooth technology will meet the high-speed demands of synchronizing and transferring large amounts of data as well as enabling high quality video and audio applications for portable devices, multi-media projectors and television sets.

"Having considered the UWB technology options, the decision ultimately came down to what our members want, which is to leverage their current investments in both UWB and Bluetooth technologies and meet the high-speed demands of their customers," said Michael Foley, executive director at Bluetooth SIG, in a statement. "By working closely with the WiMedia Alliance to create the next version of Bluetooth technology, we will enable our members to do just that.

One of the key components to the agreement between the Bluetooth SIG and the WiMedia Alliance will help UWB achieve global regulatory acceptance. Both parties have agreed to develop a high-speed, high-data rate Bluetooth solution that utilizes the unlicensed radio spectrum above 6GHz.

The Bluetooth SIG estimates the first Bluetooth technology/UWB solution chipsets to be available for prototyping in Q2 2007.

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