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Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband: new frontier?



Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband: new frontier?


Rome – The request by users for wireless standards for increasingly powerful data transmission has not been denied. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the body that deals with the certifications of the homonymous standard, has decided to relaunch with a new solution that would allow to integrate the proven Bluetooth with Ultra-Wideband (UWB), a technology that at least theoretically should reach 1 Gbit / sec of speed, sufficient for high quality video broadcasting. Michael Foley, executive director at SIG, confirmed the interest of manufacturers, who are increasingly interested in new standards or devices that can cope with the renewed needs of the market.

“Integrating Bluetooth with the UWB is the best and cheapest strategy to answer the new question – explained Foley – at the same time it is important to understand that Bluetooth is now a global standard, supported by mobile devices such as cell phones, and therefore it must be considered as a key element for the future as well “.

Bluetooth 2.0 is capable of reaching, at maximum, data transfer rates close to 2.1 Mbit / s; it could not have held up to comparison with other wireless standards but, thanks to the combination with UWB, with which it shares low energy consumption and a limited range of coverage, it could be the best low-budget solution.

“I agree with the intentions of the SIG to adopt the UWB – confirmed Stephen Wood, strategic consultant on the UWB – it is certainly a winning strategy that will allow you to easily connect PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronic products”.

Intel and Motorola have already expressed themselves in favor of the initiative, above all because it is a potential that opens up new market scenarios. “The so-called mobility has only to benefit – said Miguel Pellon, vice-president of Motorola’s technology standards department – allowing users to play and share audio / video media with other devices that may be at home, at work or simply in car”.

Dario D’Elia