UWB Forum Reaches 30 Members

UWB Forum aannounces it has signed up 30 members, demonstrating support for the Common Signaling Mode (CSM) initiative

May 6, 2004

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WASHINGTON -- The UWB Forum announced today that following a successful launch in late February 2004, it has signed up 30 members and the Forum is in talks with several major corporate supporters to join the growing coalition. The group's rapid growth has been fueled by interest in an ultra-wideband (UWB) solution that is available now and supports the Common Signaling Mode (CSM) initiative, an essential enabler for the coexistence of multiple ultra-wideband solutions entering the market over the next several years.

In anticipation of the extension of the IEEE Std 802.15.3(TM) standard into a UWB physical layer, the Common Signaling Mode (CSM) technique has been designed to provide an etiquette for different classes of devices (MultiBand-OFDM, Direct Sequence-UWB, and others) to communicate with each other in order to coordinate their actions and interoperate within the same wireless network.

"The response to the UWB Forum, and to the CSM proposal, has been overwhelming," said John Santhoff, CTO and Founder of Pulse~LINK, Inc., a member of the Forum. "There is widespread interest from the UWB community in finding an approach that not only allows for multiple solutions, but does so for a truly IP-based environment."

In addition, Forum members are fully supportive of the IEEE 802.15.3 Medium Access Control (MAC) sublayer and several members have working 802.15.3 MAC implementations demonstrating wireless 1394, video streaming, and IP-based applications. The Forum expects to release a UWB specification compatible with the IEEE 802.15.3 MAC in June 2004, and several silicon providers are preparing to release additional application specific implementations of this specification later in 2004 and in 2005. A number of consumer electronics companies are also expected to release products based on DS-UWB in the second half of 2004.

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