Updated May 26, 2003

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Tethering and Personal-Area Networking Developments


May 28, 2003. Redmond, WA. Hosted by Microsoft.
Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research.


Meeting Agenda
Meeting Location
Hotel Information
Information for Presenters

The purpose of this meeting is to examine developments for tethering wireless devices (e.g., mobile telephones) to computing platforms, and for personal-area networking in general. Proposed topics include:

  • What are the different personal-area usage models?
  • How important are PANs for the success of 3G applications?
  • What are the pros/cons of different tethering approaches?
  • Is Bluetooth ready for wide adoption or do ease-of-use and interoperability issues remain?
  • How serious are Bluetooth and WLAN interference issues and what are the remedies?
  • Will Bluetooth displace IRDA?
  • What is the future of Ultra Wideband (UWB), including capabilities, standardization, regulatory issues, interference issues and deployment? What will its impact be on other radio technologies?
  • What is the status of other IEEE 802.15 personal-area networking standards?
  • What are the most recent developments with USB, USB On-the-Go and what are the applications?



Meeting time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Continental breakfast served 8:00 to 9:00. Lunch, 12:00 to 1:00.

The agenda is as follows.

  • Introductions
  • Organization update and future meetings
  • Host introduction, Bob O'Hara, Microsoft
  • PCCA standards update (+WS46 parameter value changes as per 3GPP request)
  • Presentation, "The Current state of Bluetooth® Wireless Technology" (Specification update [version 1.2 information], IEEE standardization, Microsoft support), Mike Foley, Microsoft
  • Presentation, "Report on Bluetooth Connectivity Test", "Wake-up Mechanisms", MCPC
  • Presentation, "Medical Devices: Defibrillators - Current Use Cases and Personal Area Networking Concerns", Rick Kunz, Medtronic Physio-Control
  • Presentation, "UWB Communications Technology: PANs or LANs?", Richard Paine, Boeing
  • Presentation, "USB and USB On-the-Go", Paul Berg, MCCI
  • Presentation, "Challenges in Configuring Bluetooth Wireless Modems", Taranjeet S. Athwal, Microsage Wireless
  • Presentation, "IrDA vs. Bluetooth vs. 802.11: How a Handset Maker Decides", Saul Kato, Wideray
  • Discussion and analysis.


The meeting will be held at Microsoft in building 40, room 1261, named “Constance”.

Driving directions: Exit WA 520 at NE 40th St and turn east. Turn right (south) on 156th Ave NE. Turn right onto NE 31st St, then turn left into the parking garage. Park anywhere, but be sure to register your car with the receptionist. As you come out of the parking garage, building 40 is on the right. The conference room is located off of the lobby of building 40.

Walking directions from the Homestead: Walk west on NE 28th St. to 156th Ave NE, turn right and it will be the first building on the left. This is about a five minute walk

See the map below:


Homestead Redmond / Bellevue
15805 NE 28th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008

Telephone: 425-885-6675
Fax: 425-885-5956

Rate: $129.99 plus tax
Booked under the name PCCA




From Interstate 405

From Interstate 405, exit Highway 520 East. Then take the 148th Avenue N.E. exit south. Take the first left onto N.E. 24th Street. Go to 156th Avenue N.E. and turn left. Then proceed to 28th Street and turn right. Homestead is on the right.

From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (17 miles)

Take Interstate 405, exit Highway 520 East. Then take the 148th Avenue N.E. exit south. Take the first left onto N.E. 24th Street. Go to 156th Avenue N.E. and turn left. Then proceed to 28th Street and turn right. Homestead is on the right.

Hotel Web Site



The registration deadline is one week prior to the meeting.

Non-member organizations wishing to learn about the PCCA that have not attended a prior PCCA meeting may attend for a fee of $350 per person. This fee can be applied towards membership. Non-member organizations that have previously attended a PCCA meeting may attend under special circumstances only.

This fee is waived for companies invited to present.


The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting: 

  • Presentations are typically 30 minutes to 45 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
  • This is a technical audience, so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis

  • should be on industry issues and proposed solutions versus selling your product. 
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • We will provide an LCD projector.
  • The audience is technical, consisting mostly of engineering and program managers.
  • Generally, 30 to 50 people attend each meeting, representing a broad spectrum of

  • the wireless industry, including carriers, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, 
    software vendors and computer vendors. 
  • If you are presenting a technical contribution, please provide hard copy for attendees. We will advise you on the number. 
  • We request a copy of your presentation (PDF or PPT) before the meeting so that we
  • can post it in the members area of the PCCA web page. 

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