Standards deadlock grips ultra wideband

A deadlock has developed between competing camps over UWB that could derail efforts to establish an IEEE standard for the short-range wireless technology, said a report from IDG News Service.

An IEEE working group is working on a standard for UWB, which aims to provide a high-speed, short-range wireless link between a range of devices. However, IDG reported the group’s discussions have reached an impasse over two competing technologies and there is little hope for an early resolution to the deadlock.

One of the competing UWB technologies is backed by the WiMedia Alliance, which includes Alereon, Microsoft., Intel., Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, and Sony, among others. The other technology is backed by the UWB Forum, which includes Freescale Semiconductor and Motorola.

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