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USB-IF Announces Plan to Receive UWB Specifications

Tue, 03/17/2009 - 6:09am

(From BusinessWire) - The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today announced plans to accept WiMedia Alliance UWB technology specifications.

As announced by the WiMedia Alliance today, the organization will transfer its UWB specifications to Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and Wireless USB Promoter Group as they apply to each entity’s expertise for standardization and certification or both. The transfer will simplify and streamline the development and productization of Wireless USB solutions. Developers of Wireless USB solutions will be able to receive certification for complete Wireless USB solutions, including MAC, PHY and protocol from the USB-IF. USB-IF testing will create a one stop certification program for Wireless USB devices, speeding product time-to-market.

"This move will consolidate all elements required to bring certified Wireless USB solutions to market, further enabling our members to innovate and develop new and exciting Wireless USB devices and make them available to consumers quickly," stated Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman. "WiMedia Alliance has made a significant contribution to the advancement of UWB; this technology transfer is a logical next step in the evolution of UWB and from our standpoint, is best for the industry and consumers.” The transfer of UWB specifications will accelerate delivery of the most capable Wireless USB devices possible; providing consumers an interoperable, high data rate and easy-to-use wireless solution.

Testing 

USB-IF member companies wishing to test Wireless USB solutions please visit http://www.usb.org/developers/wusb/testing.

About Wireless USB 

Wireless USB is the first high-speed wireless personal interconnect technology combining the speed and security of wired High-Speed USB with the ease-of-use of wireless technology. It is backward compatible with wired USB, and delivers a high bandwidth wireless connection. Wireless USB utilizes ultra-wideband technology.

About USB-IF 

The non-profit USB Implementers Forum, Inc. was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB technology. The USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB devices, through its logo and compliance program and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. Further information, including postings of the most recent product and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF Web site at www.usb.org.

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