Ultra-wideband market gathers momentum

With the likes of Intel, Sony, Cisco and Motorola beginning to invest in wireless home networking technology and products, research house In-Stat/MDR is predicting a bright future for the ultra-wideband (UWB) market.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  June 18, 2002

With the likes of Intel, Sony, Cisco and Motorola beginning to invest in wireless home networking technology and products, research house In-Stat/MDR is predicting a bright future for the ultra-wideband (UWB) market.

In-Stat is expecting UWB products to begin penetrating the market towards the end of 2003, though 802.11x technology will remain the dominant force in the home networking market until 2006.

"UWB has much to offer in the home networking arena. With the popularity of 802.11x technology, especially the growing presence of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) in the home environment, wireless home networking has come into the forefront,” says Gemma Paulo, analyst, In-Stat/MDR.

"Even though Wi-Fi has done very well for data transmission purposes, many questions have been raised over 802.11x's ability to provide sufficient support for streaming audio and video applications in the home. From a topline level, UWB is extremely appealing, since all of its strengths really do address many of 802.11x's perceived weaknesses," adds Paulo.

In-Stat predicts that UWB sales will gain momentum throughout 2004, but will still only account for 5% of the wireless home market by 2006.

According to the research group the first UWB products will be designed for personal area networks (PANs) and will offer speeds of 100 M/bits/s.

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