Wednesday, June 14, 2006

FLO Forum Adopts Service and Technical Specifications

The FLO Forum, a multi-company initiative led by QUALCOMM and dedicated to the global standardization of FLO (Forward Link Only) technology, ratified and adopted three cornerstone technical specifications: the Service Information Specification, the FLO Services and Use Cases Specification and updated versions of the FLO Device and Transmitter Minimum Performance specifications.

The System Information Specification defines the functions and structure of the system information (SI) associated with real-time and non-real-time broadcast and multicast services in FLO Networks. The SI in this specification provides users with the advance information needed to make service subscription and service selection decisions.

The FLO Services and Content Committee's Service Descriptions and Usage Flows Specification presents a set of use cases and service models for FLO services which are used to derive requirements for other FLO technical specifications.

The updated FLO Minimum Performance Specifications for both the Device and Transmitter provide refined performance guidelines based on the most up-to-date testing of commercial-grade FLO devices and transmitters.

In addition, announced 11 new members, bringing its total membership to 44 companies. The new members are Axcera, DTVinteractive Co., , Envio Networks, Motorola, Nagravision, PacketVideo, Penthera Technologies, Spirent Communications, Telephia, Terayon Communication Systems, and Wireless Test Systems.

  • FLO technology is a new air interface originally developed by QUALCOMM with multicasting capabilities designed to increase capacity and reduce content delivery costs to mobile handsets.

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