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IEEE approves UWB net spec

Posted: 11 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nanotron Technologies? IEEE 802.15.4a? UWB? wireless PAN? Loring Wirbel?

The IEEE 802.15.4a task group, working on a wireless personal-area network (PAN) standard for the low-rate industrial market, has chosen the chirp spread spectrum PHY technology designed by Nanotron Technologies GmbH as the baseline PHY standard.

Following the demise of the 802.3 UWB PAN standard last year, 802.15.4a was seen as one of the core potential UWB applications within PANs. After winning several letter ballots, the standard passed its first sponsor ballot with a 94 percent approval rating.

The network is intended for real-time precision location and sensor networks. Former 802.15.4a vice chair Jason Ellis of Staccato Communications described the network as a combination of ZigBee and RFID, though its 2Mbps data rates and low power consumption are optimized for factory and medical applications rather than home or enterprise use.

Nanotron plans to offer chips based on chirp spread spectrum that can be used in either indoor applications with ranges up to 60m or outdoor applications out to 900m.

- Loring Wirbel
EE Times

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