TITLE

Bluetooth/UWB merger will take time

AUTHOR(S)
Berman, Jeff; Granville, Fran
PUB. DATE
May 2005
SOURCE
EDN;5/26/2005, Vol. 50 Issue 11, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on the plan of bluetooth technology provider Bluetooth SIG and ultrawideband (UWB) company WiMedia Alliance to merge their respective wireless communication technologies in May 2005. The objective of the merger according to Bluetooth SIG is to build an architecture that allows Bluetooth-enabled devices to use high-speed UWB data rates to transfer large amounts of data, thus enabling high-quality video applications on portable devices. Freescale Semiconductor which is quick to point out that it is only chip supplier shipping commercial UWB silicon, voices its support for the merger of the technologies of the companies. The company remarks that it will bring its experience with the media-access-control layer that the IEEE 802.15.3 specifies and work with the Bluetooth SIG to develop a protocol-adaptation layer that works with Bluetooth protocols and profiles the direct-sequence UWB technology of Freescale Semiconductor. Freescale director of UWB operations Martin Rofheart comments that the faster data rates that UWB affords might also find use in Bluetooth-stereo headsets. Thus, with a UWB-enabled design, a user could more quickly download an initial blast of music to the headphones than with a Bluetooth connection.
ACCESSION #
17149413

 

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