UltraWideBand to be OK'd by FCC next month

sebseb
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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Maybe this has nothing to do with Apple or MWSF, but maybe it does.



According to this article in the USA Today:

<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/wireless/2002/01/03/fcc-expand-wireless-frontier.htm"; target="_blank">http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/wireless/2002/01/03/fcc-expand-wireless-frontier.htm</a>;



UWB sends out pulses of radio energy. Up to a billion per second. Doesn't billion = giga? Though sense it is wireless, gigawire doesn't really work...



But, it can:



"Spawn wireless home networks, linking cable set-top boxes or computers. UWB goes a step beyond Bluetooth and other current home wireless systems by transmitting video and other high-bandwidth content. It also can be used to wirelessly download video from a camcorder to a TV."



I may be grasping for straws here, I admit it, but I can't help it.



whatta you guys think?



chaos disclaimer /didn't see this in any of the other threads, hope it's not redundant/ cd

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    glurxglurx Posts: 1,031member
    UWB is going to be HUGE.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    In 4 days you will be one of the boys!
  • Reply 3 of 6
    chromoschromos Posts: 189member
    So I looked over the list of members of the <a href="http://www.uwb.org/memberlist.cfm?sortby=company&start=21"; target="_blank">UWB Working Group</a> and didn't see anyone associated with Apple. Hmmm... how secretive would they be?



    Is this the same thing as 802.11a or not?
  • Reply 4 of 6
    glurxglurx Posts: 1,031member
    UWB <a href="http://www.multispectral.com/UWBFAQ.html"; target="_blank">FAQ</a>.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
    [quote]Originally posted by chromos:

    <strong>So I looked over the list of members of the <a href="http://www.uwb.org/memberlist.cfm?sortby=company&start=21"; target="_blank">UWB Working Group</a> and didn't see anyone associated with Apple. Hmmm... how secretive would they be? Is this the same thing as 802.11a or not?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    While it isn't Apple... MOT is in the group.



    "UWB advocacy organization, lists about 150 organizational members from around the world, including Compaq, Daimler Chrysler, Intersil, Lockheed Martin, Motorola and the U.S. Air Force."



    Oh and from what I've been reading tonight, UWB isn't really anything like 802.11. Please understand I'm just starting to read this stuff so my word usage might not be correct but due to the nature of UWB the 'signal' is sent over a very large freq. band (hence the Ultra Wide Band name) but since it (the signal) is sent in short bursts (and some other voodoo magic I know even less about) it has the ability to cross over (into? across?) the wide band of freq. (used by a bunch of other services like cel and 802.11 and gps etc etc etc) and have no ill effect.



    Well so far that's what I've gotten from the readings... I'm trying to learn more but it's amazing how quickly the pages I've been able to find go way out into the deep end of the pool and well I tend to sink like a rock. (the long way of saying: way over my head).



    Still it looks like a much better communications method than 802.11 (range and speed wise) but then again since I'm not exactly sure who the teams are (pro-UWB vs anti-UWB) I could just be getting sucked into the 'pro-UWB' side since they make it sound so good... and longer distance and faster is ALWAYS good in my book! (I'm still bandwidth challanged in my town) Funny 30 miles west of NYC and 128kbs ISDN @ $150 per month (for 70 hours) is the ONLY option...



    [edit]

    Okay... the google search that turned up the list of names above (Mot etc) just happens to be a really good article on the subject and explains things very well... Wanna good read?



    <a href="http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2001/0827specialfocus.html"; target="_blank">http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2001/0827specialfocus.html</a>;



    Dave



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  • Reply 6 of 6
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
    Wanna hear some sexy stats these are from a pro-UWB vendor so don't take em as total truth but...



    - Bluetooth v1.1 / 721 Kilobits / 30 feet / 2.4ghzÂ* / Expected late 2001Â*



    - Bluetooth v2(?) / 10 Megabits / 30 feet to 100(?) feet / 2.4ghz / Proposed, not defined



    - 802.11b / 11 Megabits / 250 to 300 feet / 2.4ghz / On Market



    - 802.11a / 54 Megabits / 90 to 100 feet / 5ghz / Some claims of higher data (70 megabit?) at shorter distance



    - HiperLAN / 25 Megabits / 100 feet / 2.4ghz / European Standard



    - HomeRF / 10 Megabits / 150 feet / 2.4ghz / Outpaced by 802.11x



    - Pulse~LINKÂ? 1st Generation / 80 Megabits / 500 feet / UWB / Only high data rate wireless networking technology in 300 feet to 500+ feet range.Â*



    - Pulse~LINKÂ? 2nd Generation / 100 Megabits / 1000 feet+ / UWB / 3rd Generation will extend range to kilometers.



    Damn those numbers are impressive! And 3rd Gen going to KILOMETERS! :eek: Wireless towns would start popin' up everywhere!



    Dave



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