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UWB platform approved as ISO/IEC standard

Posted: 23 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UWB? MAC-PHY? Common Radio Platform? WiMedia Alliance?

The WiMedia Alliance announced that the Ecma International standard for ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, elaborated from the WiMedia UWB Common Radio Platform, has been approved for release as an ISO/IEC International Standard.

The ECMA-368 standard, titled 'High Rate Ultra-Wideband PHY and MAC Standard,' was approved as ISO/IEC 26907, which specifies a distributed medium access control (MAC) sublayer and a PHY for wireless networks. The PHY and MAC specified in this Ecma standard are compatible to high data rate communications between a diverse set of mobile and fixed electronic devices.

In conjunction with this standard, the ECMA-369 standard, titled 'MAC-PHY Interface for ECMA-368,' was approved as ISO/IEC 26908 and specified the MAC-PHY interface for a high rate, UWB wireless transceiver.

"ISO/IEC's approval of WiMedia-based ultra-wideband technology as an international standard, coupled with the recent UWB approval by the European Commission, enables consumers and business entities throughout Europe and other countries to benefit from the use of PC, CE and mobile devices powered with UWB technology," said Stephen Wood, president of the WiMedia Alliance, in a statement.

In early 2005, members of both the WiMedia Alliance and Ecma submitted the WiMedia UWB platform specifications to Ecma for standards development. Created by WiMedia members from leading PC, CE, mobile device and semiconductor companies, these specifications set the groundwork for enabling short range multimedia file transfers at data rates up to 480Mbps that operate in the UWB spectrum of 3.1 to 10.6GHz.

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