Multiband OFDM Alliance UWB Alliance to enable high volume CE, PC, and Mobile Communications markets
  • To develop, publish, and promote the best overall solution for global UWB standardization
    • As a formal SIG, publish detailed system specification in May 2004
  • To support the development of a robust UWB ecosystem
    • Support industry efforts to develop upper layer protocols and interfaces
    • Provide a forum for vendors of antennas, RF modules, and test and measurement equipment
    • Work in harmony with IEEE, WiMedia, CEA, 1394-TA, Wireless-USB WG
  • To ensure the standardization of UWB solutions with the best coexistence characteristics possible and to continue work with worldwide regulatory agencies to provide education and seek specific approval of MBOA-based technology
  • To enable a single worldwide standard for high bit rate UWB applications with optimum time-to-market and maximum benefit to the broadest number of end consumers

In support of developing the best overall solution for the emerging market in ultrawideband-based technology, the Multiband OFDM Alliance (MBOA) was formed in June 2003 and now numbers over 130 member companies. These companies support a UWB specification that is based on an OFDM approach, originally introduced by Texas Instruments in March 2003, which will enable the broadest possible range of applications and satisfy the requirements of consumers and regulatory agencies worldwide. The MBOA has been working closely to leverage its collective expertise in the creation and publication of a Multiband OFDM specification for UWB PHY technology and will work in harmony with other UWB standards bodies such as IEEE, WiMedia, Wireless USB Promoter Group, 1394 TA, CEA, and others as appropriate. The MBOA continues to conduct exhaustive testing to ensure a solution with the maximum coexistence characteristics possible with future and incumbent wireless services. The MBOA will work with worldwide regulatory agencies to promote and seek specific approval for MBOA-based devices worldwide. The MBOA has also created a forum for collaboration with and by all UWB ecosystem players including antenna vendors, test and measurement vendors, upper layer protocol applications, and interfaces. Dozens of engineers are active in various MBOA technical subcommittees developing and improving the specification in areas ranging from system definition, MAC, MAC-PHY interface, scalability, regulatory, and ranging.

The MBOA membership includes some of the most influential players in the Consumer Electronics, Personal Computing, Home Entertainment, Mobile Phone, Semiconductor and Digital Imaging spaces, including: AboCom Systems, Adamya, Adaptive Labs, Adimos, Advanced Resources Corporation, Advanced Science & Technology Institute, Advantest, Agere Systems, Alereon, ALinx Technology, Allion Computer, Appairent Technologies, Arounda, Artimi, Asahi Glass, Blue7 Communications, Broadcom, Centre for Wireless Communications (University of Oulu), Centro de Tecnologia de las Comunicaciones S.A., Chief Tek Electronics, ClearComet Ventures, Codified Telenumerics, CommStack, Communication Networks (Aachen University), Complaince Certification Services, Computer Access Technology, Concrete Logic, Coventive Technologies, CoWare, CWINS (WPI), Creative Labs, Cypress, Denali Software, EIZO, ESRD of CSIST, ETS Product Service (USA), Femto Devices, Focus Enhancements, Fujitsu, Furaxa, General Atomics, Genesys Logic, Genius Instituto de Tecnologia, Hewlett Packard, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited, Hysignal Minervian, IDT, INEX Multimidia, Infineon, Innovative Wireless Technologies, Inphi, Institute for Infocomm Research, Institute for Information Industry, Intel, Invisible Computer, Jaalaa, Kisel Microelectronics, Leviton Voice Data Division, LitePoint, Logitech, Marvell, Maxim, M.B. International, MCCI, MeshDynamics, Mewtel Technology, Microsoft, Mindready, Mitsubishi, Multirate Systems, NEC Electronics, Netac Technology, NewLogic Technologies, Nokia, Novatek Microelectronics, OEA International, Olympus, Open Interface, Orthotron, Oxygen Development, Panasonic, Philips, Positive Edge ASICs, Prancer, Profilo [email protected], Pulse-LINK, RadioPulse, Raritan, Realtek, Renesas Technology, RFDomus, RF Micro Devices, Samsung Electronics, San Diego State University (Networking Group), Seraphim, Sharp, Sipex, SiWorks, Sony, Staccato Communications, STMicroelectronics, Stonestreet One, String Logix, SVC Wireless, Synopsys, Tallika, TDK, Telegateway, Texas Instruments, TimeDerivative, Toppan Chunghwa Electronics, Toshiba, TRDA, TrellisWare Technologies, Trendchip Technologies, TTPCom, TUV Rheinland of North America, TZero, University of Minnesota, UnWiredConnect, UWB Wireless, Vabric, Verisity Design, Vestel, VIA Networking Technologies, Virage Logic, VirtualWire Technologies, Wi-LAN, Wipro, Wireless Experience, Wisair, Wisme, WiQuest, WPANs and ZyDAS. Collectively, these companies retain much of the world's expertise and experience in designing and building systems and silicon based upon UWB techniques. Many of these companies have designed and built UWB systems of various types over the past 10 years, including a variety of single-band and multi-band approaches. The companies in MBOA are united in their desire to arrive at the best overall solution for UWB with maximum emphasis on peaceful coexistence with other wireless services. These companies have created the MBOA with a consensus that the best technique to achieve these objectives is Multiband OFDM.

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