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WiMedia Alliance intros first UWB-certified products

Posted: 10 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UWB-certified? UWB platform? mobile device market?

The WiMedia Alliance has certified the first products that have successfully completed both phases of the Alliance's compliance and interoperability testing of its UWB Common Radio Platform.

The 12 platforms from members Alereon Inc., Artimi Inc., Intel Corp., Realtek Semiconductor Corp., Staccato Communications, Tzero Technologies, WiQuest Communications and Wisair are paving the way for the introduction of WiMedia-based end-user devices in the personal computing, consumer electronics and mobile device markets.

WiMedia Certified platforms undergo two phases of rigorous testing against the Alliance's international UWB standards (ISO/IEC 26907 and 26908). In the first phase, vendors test and "register" PHY implementations based on the WiMedia PHY specification. Registered PHYs are then combined with a Media Access Control layer and submitted for certification as a complete platform. Platforms that successfully complete each level of the certification program are granted official platform certification. This designation ensures that certified platforms will coexist with other certified platforms, and perform as expected, according to specifications.

Silicon-certified on the WiMedia platform provides the foundation for a number of high-speed wireless protocols, including next generation Bluetooth and Wireless USB. Utilizing the WiMedia specifications, these applications provide low power consumption and data rates of up to 480Mbps in the wireless personal area network.

"This is a pivotal development for UWB," said Stephen Wood, president of the WiMedia Alliance. "WiMedia Platform Certification ensures a high-level of interoperability among WiMedia-based applications and provides assurance to OEMs that products incorporating WiMedia Certified platforms will operate with minimal interference from other devices, enabling a positive user experience for their customers. With certified platforms available, manufacturers can begin utilizing WiMedia UWB in their consumer products at an accelerated rate."

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