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TI Announces Support for MultiBand OFDM Alliance's (MBOA) Plans to Formalize Into Special Interest Group for Ultra Wideband (UWB) Technology

50+ Companies Support OFDM-Based Approach to UWB Technology, Ensuring Quick Time to Market and Interoperability for Consumers

Jan 26, 2004

TOKYO (January 26, 2004) - Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today its support for the MultiBand OFDM Alliance´s (MBOA) plans to formalize into a Special Interest Group (SIG) supporting growth of the emerging ultra wideband (UWB) market. The formalization, announced by the MBOA today at a press conference in Tokyo, comes on the heels of the latest IEEE 802.15.3a (UWB) meetings which saw increasing support for the MBOA´s UWB proposal for high speed wireless personal area networks (WPANs). (See www.ti.com/uwb for more information.)
Formal creation of the SIG is expected by the end of first quarter 2004. The group plans to publish a UWB 1.0 standard in May 2004. The group also plans to submit a proposal to the IEEE 802.15.3a working group.
"The market for UWB technology is quickly developing. In order to ensure rapid adoption and interoperability, it is crucial to have support for the technology throughout the value chain," said Yoram Solomon, general manager of TI's consumer networking business unit. "With more than 50 leading companies supporting the MBOA approach, it is clear that the OFDM-based approach to UWB is positioned to become the standard for UWB worldwide."
The MBOA now has more than 50 members, including many influential companies in the consumer electronics, personal computing, home entertainment, mobile phone, digital imaging and semiconductor spaces. This group of vendors is committed to creating a new class of compelling products incorporating high-speed wireless connectivity, allowing consumers to seamlessly transfer their digital content between a broad range of end products.

About UWB

UWB is a wireless technology for transmitting data at very high rates while using very low power. UWB is ideally suited for wireless communications with high quality of service demands, such as streaming high-definition video from a set top box to a television.

TI's technology is designed to comply with all existing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements. End users are expected to benefit from the deployment of high-rate TI-based UWB products as soon as early 2005.

Proposal Offers Rapid Path Toward Improved Performance and Functionality

TI´s OFDM-based proposal emerged as the principal UWB technology candidate from the March 2003 IEEE 802.15.3a Task Group meeting due to the performance it provides in demanding applications such as wireless transmission of multiple high-definition video streams, in even the most difficult real-world environments. Key strengths also included having the best range of competing systems, and its ability to coexist with current and future wireless services. These are all key requirements for many consumer electronic applications. The TI proposal has become the basis for the merged proposal sponsored by the MBOA.

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About The MultiBand OFDM Alliance

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 50 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 Working 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 member companies 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: Adamya, Adimos, Alereon, Artimi, Asahi Glass Co, Broadcom, Cypress, Femto Devices, Focus Enhancements, Fujitsu, Furaxa, General Atomics, Hewlett Packard, Infineon, Institute for Infocomm Research, Intel, Jaalaa, Maxim, MCCI, MeshDynamics, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Prancer, Realtek, RFDomus, RF Micro Devices, Samsung, SiWorks, Staccato Communications, STMicroelectronics, SVC Wireless, Synopsys, TRDA, TDK, Texas Instruments, TTPCom, TZero, University of Minnesota, UnWired Connect, UWB Wireless, Vestel, VIA Networking Technologies, Wi-LAN, Wisair, Wisme and WiQuest. 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.