UWB in generaland the WiMedia Alliance's Certified Wireless USB in particularwill be in the news quite a bit over the next few weeks.
The first independent tests of UWB equipment and the chip sets that power them will be published on WirelessNetDesignline within the next two weeks. The test director, Fanny Mlinarsky of octoScope, is in the final stages of writing the article that will set forth her results in a clear and unbiased fashion.
The test is being sponsored by Pulse~LINK, a company whose UWB technology was one of several that had been considered by the IEEE committee chartered with creating a UWB standard. As you may recall, that particular IEEE working group disbanded because neither of the "last two standing" contending technologies (the WiMedia Alliance and a technology backed by Freescale) could muster enough votes to win the balloting.
In any event, Fannie and I have been in contact with WiMedia Alliance companies asking for input and asking for one or more of them to co-sponsor the testing. We've gotten some input but no additional sponsors.
And while I don't want to divulge too much about the results, I think it is safe to say that the Alliance chip set guys will have some explaining to do.
The other hand, the WiMedia Alliance has scheduled a press event on December 6 at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara to "offer an in-depth look at the current landscape for UWB."
It promises to be an interesting time.