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Omron unveils 'first' commercial UWB MIMO antenna

Posted: 27 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Omron? Ultra-Wideband? UWB? antenna? UltraMIMO?

Omron Corp. announced it will release a commercial polymer antenna for Ultra-Wideband (UWB) communications, said to be the world's first, targeted toward high-definition (HD) and other telecast quality video transmission applications.

The company said its latest UWB antenna addresses a clear market need as growing numbers of consumers worldwide upgrade to enjoy the superior HD viewing experience. HDTVs and related DVD players and scalers equipped with this antenna enable consumers to experience telecast quality HD video in their own homes, while eliminating the cost and inconvenience of unsightly cables and wires.

Viewing HD content wirelessly requires stable and reliable video transmission. Multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) wireless technology that optimizes chipset design with antenna, to prevent typical jitters and flickers, can provide this reliability. In particular, demand has been increasing from HDTV ODMs and OEMs for a high-performance antenna designed with the UltraMIMO technology developed by Silicon Valley-based Tzero Technologies, a leading provider of UWB chipsets for high-quality wireless video transmission. Omron said it is now meeting this need with a polymer antenna that maintains flatness in gain and omni directivity within standards-based UWB guidelines.

"The antenna is an important part of any wireless solution," said Dan Karr, senior VP of sales and marketing for Tzero. "Omron provides an exceptional implementationoptimized for the challenging application of video transmissionthat should meet the needs of even the most demanding consumer device manufacturer."

Production volume shipment is scheduled in early 2007.

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