The series we're running this week on UWB technology has attracted a great deal of attention to say the least.
Testing system-level products based on silicon that implements new technologies such as UWB is important to both end users and design engineers who might be planning a system-level product.
As has been pointed out by several WiMedia people, there is nothing new about a technology stumbling a bit when it starts taking its first steps. The discipline and profession of engineering was created to solve technology problems and push the limits of existing technology.
Whether it is the process of perfecting an arrow that flies straight and true tens of thousands of years ago or taking the next step in wireless communicationit all takes time.
Apparently, the tests that octoScope performed in November took place at an awkward time for WiMedia people with Certified Wireless USB products. At least some of them have new generations of their chips that at least in part address some of the shortcomings octoScope's testing revealed.
But the system-level products based on these chips are scheduled to be launched in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. So they were not available for testing without taking the air out the product launches in January. (Not to mention the fact that a product set for launch in January is probably not ready until Dec. 31.)
All eyes in the world of wireless designers now turn to CES. Let's see what WiMedia companies have come up with that will amaze and amuse us.
And I should add that testing this new wave of products is a project that both octoScope and WirelessNetDesignline welcome.
Competition and "letting the market decide" is important to achieving the best possible technologies and products. We should also remember that competition and market decisions are best based on facts, not PowerPoint presentations.