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"Goodby, UWB, we hardly knew you", or: What happened to ultrawideband?

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Horaira
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re: "Goodby, UWB, we hardly knew you", or: What happened to ultrawideband?
Horaira   2/16/2010 2:38:48 PM
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So which technology will be next short range radar that would easily penetrate walls so that indoor Real time location will be possible ?

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BicycleBill   11/13/2009 3:50:05 PM
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Sorry, to me, it has failed in the reality of the market, there are no products to buy on the shelf at Staples, Best Buy, etc, no industry momentum, and so on. And while it may rise again, that's very unusual (though not unheard of) in this fast-moving world, espcially if the reason was that it solved a problem lots of people didn't have, or think they had. --BillS

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Santhoff   11/6/2009 11:19:17 PM
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As the founder and CTO of Pulse-LINK the oldest UWB company in the CE space I could write a book on UWB. Why did UWB fail? The fact is UWB didn't fail. What failed was a specific implementation of UWB known as WiMedia. When people think of UWB they think of UWB from Intel known as WiMedia. The term UWB has more to do with a unique spectrum allocation than a specific implementation. Saying UWB failed would be like saying 2.4 GHz failed because "Home RF" failed (Another discredited wireless standard pushed by Intel). So while there have been some notable failures in the 2.4GHz space, There are also many examples of 2.4GHz products that have succeeded such as WiFi and Bluetooth. Just because WiMedia failed does not mean UWB failed, WiMedia failed. One last comment. Bob Groh's comment above about UWB being "over hyped". There is some truth to that, but UWB does have some truly unique abilities that to date have not been fully exploited. Abilities that bring real and significant value that can not be done with any other solution. While it is true that WiMedia failed, UWB has not. UWB is not done or over. It's just getting started

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BobGroh   11/4/2009 3:21:59 PM
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I think you hit all the points in your writeup - to me, it was always super-hyped. I remember when it first hit the news - UWB was going to revolutionize the world! As I remember it, they were touting short range radar that would easily penetrate walls, etc, etc. Wow!!!! Well, I always thought 'yeah, sure (add hint of sarcasm here)'. No, I think UWB is nothing more than an extension of regular technology. And regular technology with frequency hopping came along and achieved the same ends (mostly) as UWB in a more acceptable and readily achievable manner.

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