Sunday, March 18, 2007

UWB Platform Approved as ISO/ IEC International Standard

The WiMedia UWB Common Radio Platform has been approved for release as an ISO/ IEC International Standard.

Specifically, the ECMA-368 standard, titled "High Rate Ultra-Wideband PHY and MAC Standard", was approved as ISO/IEC 26907, which specifies a distributed medium access control (MAC) sublayer and a physical layer (PHY) for wireless networks. The PHY and MAC specified in this Ecma standard are compatible to high data rate communications between a diverse set of mobile and fixed electronic devices.

In conjunction with this standard, the ECMA-369 standard, titled 'MAC-PHY Interface for ECMA-368', was approved as ISO/IEC 26908 and specified the MAC- PHY interface for a high rate, ultra-wideband wireless transceiver.

In early 2005, members of both the WiMedia Alliance and Ecma submitted the WiMedia UWB platform specifications to Ecma for standards development. Created by WiMedia members from leading PC, CE, mobile device and semiconductor companies, these specifications set the groundwork for enabling short range multimedia file transfers at data rates up to 480Mbps that operate in the UWB spectrum of 3.1 to 10.6 GHz. The Ecma standards were established in December 2005, after which Ecma submitted the standards to ISO/IEC JTC 1 for fast track approval.