In the marketplace, any marketplace, OFDM wins. IMO and so far in the real world. Bob Miller Manfredi, Albert E wrote: >This sounds familiar, even if it doesn't directly apply to DTV. > >I like this part, concerning the endless meetings and >interminable debates: > >"The only ones benefiting from all this are the airlines and >the hotels," said Yoram Solomon, > >Bert > >-------------------------------- >Ultrawideband group may disband >=20 >Patrick Mannion >(01/16/2006 9:00 AM EST) >URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=3D177100256 > >LAS VEGAS - The IEEE 802.15.3a task group on ultrawideband >will likely vote this week in Hawaii on whether to disband. >If the motion passes, three years of acrimonious debate over >which form of UWB would best meet the task group's >requirements will come to an end. And the fight for a >480-Mbit/second short-range wireless interface will be >renewed in the marketplace, opening the door to multiple >competing forms of UWB. > >While various proposals for an interface were put forward >after the initial call for proposals at the end of 2002, the >roster quickly got whittled down to two: Freescale >Semiconductor Inc.'s direct-sequence UWB and the WiMedia >Alliance's multiband orthogonal frequency-division >multiplexing (MB-OFDM) alternative. And there consensus >ended. > >Since mid-2003, the two camps have traded blows around the >world, in meeting after meeting. Neither side has been >capable of gaining sufficient momentum to achieve the 75 >percent majority needed for confirmation, although each has >held the lead at various times. > >In the interim, Pulse-Link Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.) >introduced its own form of UWB and has tried repeatedly to >broker a compromise. Its Common Signaling Mode allows the >various forms of UWB to coexist. But the WiMedia Alliance >was adamant: To avoid customer confusion, there should be >only one UWB implementation, the group said. > >With no end in sight and hundreds of thousands of dollars >wasted on travel, the task group has had enough. > >"The only ones benefiting from all this are the airlines >and the hotels," said Yoram Solomon, director of strategic >marketing and industry relations for Texas Instruments >Inc.'s Mobile Connectivity Solutions Division, speaking on >a UWB panel at last week's IEEE Consumer Communications >and Networking Conference here. > >TI is one of the main backers of MB-OFDM, along with Intel, >Staccato Communications, Wisair and a host of consumer >electronics companies. Nodding in agreement was Martin >Rofheart, director of UWB operations for Freescale (Vienna, >Va.). Making a point of saying they were speaking only for >themselves and not for their respective camps, Solomon and >Rofheart agreed on one thing: It's time to call a halt to >the waste of valuable engineering resources and let the >market decide which form is better. > >Speaking on the same panel, John Santhoff, chief technology >officer at Pulse-Link, then noted, "It takes a 75 percent >majority to disband - and we've never been able to get a >75 percent majority on anything." Santhoff said he >personally would still like to see a compromise hammered >out and a standard formed. > >All material on this site Copyright 2006 CMP Media LLC. >All rights reserved. > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.