[opendtv] Re: Ultrawideband group may disband

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 20:41:11 -0500

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,
>Ultrawideband group may disband
>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
>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.
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