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WiMedia Alliance to cease operations

Posted: 18 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:operation cease? WiMedia Alliance? UWB?

The WiMedia Alliance is entering into technology transfer agreements for the WiMedia UWB specifications. WiMedia will transfer all current and future specificationsincluding work on future high speed and power optimized implementationsto the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Wireless USB Promoter Group and the USB Implementers Forum. After the successful completion of the technology transfer, marketing and related administrative items, the WiMedia Alliance will cease operations.

"We have reached a point in specification development and product availability where it is more efficient for the related industry groups to oversee future specification development in-house," said Stephen Wood, WiMedia Alliance president. "Recent announcements of cost-effective second and third generation products, the availability of high-band products for worldwide use, and UWB chipsets and consumer end products from industry giant Samsung are indicative of the momentum we have gained. Our technology is already embedded in Wireless USB, and we have demonstrated working prototypes running the Bluetooth protocol. It now makes sense to streamline the process by passing off future specification development and certification."

Many of the WiMedia Alliance members are current members of one or both of the other industry groups. So a seamless transition is expected as they continue to move the specifications forward.

"We have been working with the WiMedia Alliance for a number of years, and together we share members and a common desire to forward the establishment of the most efficient and cost-effective wireless solutions for any environment," said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "This is a natural transition and one that will streamline processes, bringing wireless products to market more quickly."

"The Wireless USB Promoter Group and the USB-IF have worked closely with the WiMedia Alliance since its inception in support of the rapid development and adoption of Wireless USB standards and products," said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman. "This technology transfer will provide our members with a one-stop process for certification and continued productization of Wireless USB."

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