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February 05, 2008

WiMedia Certifies Seven New Platforms

By Divya Narain, TMCnet Contributing Editor

 
The WiMedia Alliance has certified seven platforms on its Ultra- Wideband (UWB) Common Radio Platform. These platforms are from member companies including Artimi Inc., LucidPort Technology, Inc., NEC Electronics Corporation and NXP Semiconductors (News - Alert).



 
The total number of WiMedia platform certifications has now touched 19. The latest certifications will promote the development of WiMedia-based end-user products for the CE, PC and mobile device markets.
 
All the platforms that successfully complete Alliance's comprehensive interoperability testing program are granted WiMedia Certification. The certification attests that the platform complies with the Alliance's international UWB standards (ISO/IEC (News - Alert) 26907 and 26908). The certification acts as a benchmark for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original device manufacturers (ODMs) and assures that the platform will demonstrate high-levels of interoperability.
 
"Competition and variety in the market will be key factors in driving the continued adoption of WiMedia-based UWB devices," said Stephen Wood, president of the WiMedia Alliance. "We are extremely pleased with the increasing number of manufacturers who are certifying platforms. Their offerings provide choice to OEMs and ODMs interested in incorporating UWB into their products, and help foster the level of diversity necessary to keep UWB technology thriving in the market."
 
WiMedia Certified platforms form the basis of a range of high-speed wireless protocols, including Certified Wireless USB from the USB Implementers Forum. Using these solutions, consumers are able to wirelessly connect the devices within the personal area network (PAN).
 
Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
 


 







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