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UWB still under restrictions in the U.S.

According to several reports, the Ultrawideband (UWB) standard that was developed by a group of industry leading companies will be legalized in Europe by mid 2007. The standard is for extremely high-speed, short range wireless communications, allowing for speed of up to 1Gbps. Although UWB is fast and promises a number of new productivity uses, the technology is still only available for use in the U.S. under very strict conditions.

After studying the technology, the European Commission and the Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) are poised to release UWB as an all-state technology. UWB technology is being pushed across Europe to stimulate product development in the market place. "We think it's important to allow as many technologies to be tried in the marketplace as possible. [UWB] has some potentially unique characteristics," said chief technologist of Ofcom, William Webb. Interestingly, Webb noted that when UWB becomes more widely available in Europe, it will have even greater restrictions imposed on it than those in the U.S.

UWB is the result of cooperative research between Freescale, Intel, HP, Nokia, Texas Instruments and several other companies. Earlier this year, DailyTech reported that the UWB Forum was having some trouble keeping its members interested in the direction of UWB. Freescale was one of the original members of the forum but later decided that the direction of UWB and its own no longer matched.

Despite some of the issues that need to be ironed out, UWB products have already begun showing up around the world. In Japan for example, a UWB wireless USB 2.0 hub made its way onto the market. The product included the hub itself and a UWB USB transmitter.
Source: DailyTech
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Lucky folk across the pond.

I'll settle for when they can figure out long-range wifi, that isn't off a super-slow cell network. Then I'll be happy.
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