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In response to the IEEE 802.15.3a task group vote to withdraw the project authorization request (PAR) for that activity, the UWB Forum and WiMedia™ Alliance announced that the industry will continue to grow the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) market.

UWB Forum and WiMedia Alliance Committed to Commercializing UWB

Response to IEEE® Motion to Withdraw Ultra-Wideband Standard Project

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII—January 19, 2006—The UWB Forum and WiMedia™ Alliance today announced that the industry will continue to grow the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) market. This statement was made in response to today’s vote by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.15.3a task group (TG3a) members, here at the Interim Meeting of the IEEE, to withdraw the January 2003 project authorization request (PAR) that initiated the development of high data rate UWB standards.

The UWB Forum and the WiMedia Alliance issued a joint statement, “As the industry organizations dedicated to productization, we thank all contributing TG3a members and voters for their respective efforts during the past three years. However, we concur that, at this stage in UWB market development, a more prudent course of action is necessary to allow the market to move forward with the commercialization of multiple UWB technologies.”

Members of the IEEE 802.15 TG3a voted yesterday to recommend dissolution of the task group. Today, the 802.15 Working Group approved a motion to recommend dissolution of the 802.15.3a project to the IEEE SA NESCOM. The TG3a’s most commendable achievement is the consolidation of 23 UWB PHY specifications into two proposals: MultiBand Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (MB-OFDM) UWB, supported by the WiMedia Alliance, and direct sequence-UWB (DS-UWB), supported by the UWB Forum.

About the UWB Forum

The UWB Forum is an industry organization comprised of leading semiconductor, software, OEM/ODM and consumer product companies dedicated to ensuring that Ultra-Wideband products from multiple vendors are truly interoperable--from mobile phones to set-top boxes, from computers to televisions to digital camcorders and more. For more information, please visit http://www.uwbforum.org.

About The WiMedia Alliance

The WiMedia Alliance is a not-for-profit open industry association that promotes and enables the rapid adoption, regulation, standardization and multi-vendor interoperability of ultra-wideband (UWB) worldwide. The basis for the industry’s first UWB standards (published by Ecma International), WiMedia UWB is optimized for wireless personal-area networks delivering high-speed (480Mbps and beyond), low-power multimedia capabilities for the PC, CE, mobile and automotive market segments. For more information, please visit www.wimedia.org.

Press Contacts For UWB Forum:

Shannon Reid
UWB Forum

Press Contact For WiMedia Alliance:

Heather Ailara
WiMedia Alliance PR

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