2/23/2004 - Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that it has joined the WiMedia Alliance as a Promoter Member and will serve on the organization´s Board of Directors. The WiMedia Alliance, one of the industry´s leading consortia for Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, develops specifications and certification programs that define interoperability and use models, as well as fairness policies for UWB-based wireless networking.
"TI is pleased to join WiMedia and its efforts to ensure interoperability among UWB products - a key issue in ensuring rapid deployment of this technology," said Yoram Solomon, general manager, Consumer Networking Business Unit, TI. "We believe consumers will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this type of collaboration."
Increasing Momentum for UWB Deployment
This latest announcement signifies increasing momentum for ensuring rapid adoption and deployment of UWB technology. Last month, TI announced its support for the MultiBand OFDM Alliance´s (MBOA) plans to formalize into a Special Interest Group (SIG) supporting growth of the emerging ultra wideband (UWB) market. Formal creation of the SIG is expected by the end of first quarter 2004. The group plans to publish a UWB 1.0 standard in May 2004. The group also plans to submit a proposal to the IEEE 802.15.3a working group.
The formalization, announced by the MBOA at a press conference in Tokyo, came on the heels of the latest IEEE 802.15.3a (UWB) meetings which saw increasing support for the MBOA's UWB proposal for high speed wireless personal area networks (WPANs).
TI´s Innovative MultiBand OFDM Approach
TI´s OFDM-based proposal emerged as the principal UWB technology candidate from the March 2003 IEEE 802.15.3a Task Group meeting due to the performance it provides in demanding applications such as wireless transmission of multiple high-definition video streams, in even the most difficult real-world environments. Key strengths also included having the best range of competing systems, and its ability to coexist with current and future wireless services. These are all key requirements for many consumer electronic applications. The TI proposal has become the basis for the merged proposal sponsored by the MBOA, which now has more than 60 members, including many influential companies in the consumer electronics, personal computing, home entertainment, mobile phone, digital imaging and semiconductor spaces.
In December 2003, Texas Instruments also announced its plans to offer royalty-free licenses under TI essential patents directed toward the final IEEE 802.15.3a standard, pending ratification of the MBOA´s proposal as the new IEEE 802.15.3a standard for high speed WPANs. Moving forward, TI´s royalty-free offering will enable consumer electronics and PC manufacturers to quickly deliver a variety of high performance, interoperable wireless applications, such as streaming video from set top boxes to HDTVs.
UWB is a wireless technology for transmitting data at very high rates while using very low power. UWB is ideally suited for wireless communications with high quality of service demands, such as streaming high-definition video from a set top box to a television.
TI's technology is designed to comply with all existing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements. End users are expected to benefit from the deployment of high-rate TI-based UWB products as soon as 2005.
Texas Instruments - Making Wireless
TI is the leading manufacturer of wireless semiconductors, delivering the heart of today´s wireless technology and building solutions for tomorrow. TI provides a breadth of silicon and software and 15 years of wireless systems expertise that spans handsets and base stations for all communications standards, wireless LAN, Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband. From custom to turn-key solutions, including complete chipsets and reference designs, OMAPTM application processors, core digital signal processor and analog technologies built on advanced semiconductor processes, TI is making wireless personal, intelligent and seamless.
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