Freescale Teams on UWB

Freescale collaborates with GlobalSun Technology and Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) on UWB-enabled modules

September 6, 2004

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AUSTIN, Texas and TAIPEI -- The development and availability of miniPCI modules is the next step needed in delivering Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology to the consumer market. This step was met today by Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL) and GlobalSun Technology who collaborated on an Ultra-Wideband-enabled miniPCI module.

This module is designed to allow users to leverage the wireless benefits of UWB for various video and data streaming applications, including flat panel displays and media servers, and enables rapid transfer of data using a portable hard drive. The module is expected to be sold by GlobalSun to leading consumer electronic manufacturers for immediate integration into wireless applications.

“We have worked with Freescale over the past year on Ultra-Wideband, having successfully demonstrated a variety of UWB-enabled applications around the world,” said Frank Kuo, product marketing director of GlobalSun. “This miniPCI module marks the next step in our relationship as we move towards commercialization with Freescale’s UWB products. Freescale’s UWB approach meets our data rate, low power consumption and cost requirements, while meeting the U.S. regulatory requirements for UWB operation.”

The miniPCI module uses Freescale’s XS110, which recently received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification for commercial use, enabling commercial deployment of the technology.

In a separate release:

AUSTIN, Texas and NAN TOU, Taiwan -- Consumers will soon be able to leverage the wireless benefits of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) for various video and data streaming applications in home connectivity and wireless access applications. Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE: FSL) and Universal Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd. (USI) have collaborated on an Ultra-Wideband-enabled 1394 module and are the first to leverage the wireless benefits of UWB and the IEEE® 1394 standard. The module is expected to be sold by USI to leading consumer electronic manufacturers for integration into wireless applications, such as wireless LCD televisions and home media servers.

“Freescale offers a UWB solution with data rates of 110 Mbps—the fastest wireless solution available today,” said Dr. Frank Wu, chief technology officer of USI. “By integrating this technology into a 1394 module, we are able to offer our customers, who are asking for UWB technology, an advanced solution for their wireless home connectivity products, from digital displays to laptops to DVD players.”

The 1394 standard is a versatile, high-speed and inexpensive method of interconnecting computers, peripherals and consumer electronics products such as camcorders, VCRs, printers, PCs, TVs and digital cameras. The 1394 module uses Freescale’s XS110, which recently received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification for commercial use, enabling commercial deployment of the technology.

Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Global Sun Technology

Universal Scientific Industrial Co. Ltd. (USI)

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