Bluetooth SIG and UWB join hands

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced it is teaming up with the developers of Ultra-WideBand (UWB) wireless technology. This move should lead to users of mobile devices being offered faster data transfer rates, potentially surpassing 100 megabits and 200 megabits over 10- and 20-foot ranges.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 5, 2005

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced it is teaming up with the developers of Ultra-WideBand (UWB) wireless technology. This move should lead to users of mobile devices being offered faster data transfer rates, potentially surpassing 100 megabits and 200 megabits over 10- and 20-foot ranges. As digital file sizes increase in the future, so the bit rate required to move such data between wireless devices also increases. For example, at present it is not possible to stream digital media between Bluetooth products, though in the future this type of usage should be achievable using combined Bluetooth and UWB technologies. “It has been apparent that members of the Bluetooth SIG would like to enable products with higher data rates. I feel that it is the responsibility of the industry to recognise synergies and limit fragmentation as much as possible,” said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. Bluetooth wireless technology - now in its fourth version – can connect mobile phones, portable computers, cars, stereo headsets, MP3 players and other enabled devices within 10 metres of each other. UWB on the other hand is a wireless technology that has been more recently designed to distribute streaming media such as television programs, movies and games, and has the potential of delivering data transfer rates faster than one Gigabit per second.

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