Ideal for short-range wireless data transfer

Our Bureau

Bangalore, March 28

This year will herald the rise in ultra wide band (UWB) enabled devices, according to Gartner. Backed by chip IP design firm ARM, the industry momentum behind UWB development is increasing.

UWB is a short-range (radius of 10 feet) wireless data transfer method with speeds of 480 mbps.

It is ideal for effortlessly transferring digital content between devices in different entertainment and computing groups in the home, such as digital video recorders, set-top boxes, televisions, and PC peripherals.

Mr Stan Bruederle, Vice-President (Research) of Gartner Semiconductor Research, said: "2006 is expected to be the year we see first volume system production, with accelerating growth in 2007. UWB industry activity has approached reality in the last year as some suppliers have begun sampling complete solutions and standards-based specifications are being released."

New microprocessor range

ARM announced that several UWB chip and hardware companies such as Alereon, Focus Enhancements, PulseLINK, Staccato Communications, and Bangalore-based Mindtree Consulting are integrating ARM9 microprocessors in their upcoming networking and consumer device products.

Mr Dave Steer, Director of US Segment Marketing, ARM, said: "The ARM9 family of processors enables integrated solutions for the commercial deployment of UWB technology-based wireless connectivity in consumer electronic devices ."

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 29, 2006)
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