Point-to-point device makers can't afford network complexity

March 2004
Portable Design;Mar2004, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p12
The author of this article argues that the 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) radio solutions are sensible alternatives to lower-frequency technologies for anyone looking to go for wireless communications technology, while keeping costs at a minimum. Several of the solutions in the 2.4 GHz band include the 802.11 standard, Bluetooth and the ZigBee networking standards. While these solutions compete for the best way to network devices wirelessly, there are many applications where longer battery life, faster latency life, and lower cost are critical. Ideally, when a person would want his or her personal computing device to serve as a home automation central control unit it would mean the support of many standards. The author concluded by proving how this connectivity might be better served by optimized solutions.


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