Updated January 29, 2004


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Ultra Wideband (UWB)


February 1, 2005. San Francisco, CA. Hosted by MCCI.
Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research.



Meeting Agenda
Meeting Location
Hotel Information
Information for Presenters




Ultra Wideband (UWB) is moving quickly towards commercialization, and promises extremely high data rates for interconnecting devices over short distances in offices, homes and on the move. Data rates will be significantly higher than with Bluetooth, in the 50 Mbps to over 1000 Mbps range depending on distance. The RF energy required to transfer a megabyte of information is projected to be more than a hundred times lower than Bluetooth.


UWB is fundamentally different from other radio approaches, relying on using very wide bandwidth but at very low power levels. For the work in IEEE, the nominal operating ranges are between 3.1 and 10.6 GHz, at power levels typical of unintentional radiators like Class B computing devices.
The industry is currently fragmented between two technical approaches: Direct Sequence CDMA and Multiband OFDM. It is not clear at this time whether IEEE standardization will succeed with either of these approaches, or whether both approaches will go to market without being officially standardized.
Nevertheless, UWB represents an extremely important networking development, and will have significant impact on how devices in the personal area are interconnected.
This meeting will address questions such as:

  • How do the various UWB proposals work?
  • What is the time frame for products?
  • How does Wireless USB employ UWB?
  • What are the networking architectures that encompass UWB?
  • What is the standardization status?
  • What are all the different developer and promotion groups associated with UWB?
  • Will UWB obsolete Bluetooth?
  • What are the global regulatory issues?
  • Is UWB a good choice for tethering 3G/4G mobile devices?
  • What are the interfaces to computing equipment?
  • What support is expected from principle operating systems?
  • Can the market support two different UWB standards?




February 1. Meeting. 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Coffee, lunch provided. The preliminary agenda is as follows.


  • Host presentation: Terry Moore, MCCI
  • Presentation: Joe Decuir, MCCI. UWB Overview
  • Presentation: Matt Welborn, Freescale. Direct Sequence UWB
  • Presentation: Dr. William Shvodian, Freescale. 802.15 TG3b MAC
  • Presentation: Serdar Yurdakul, Wisair. Multiband-UWB physical layers
  • Presentation: Dr. Patrick Worfolk, TZero Technologies, MBOA MAC
  • Presentation: Glyn Roberts, ST Microelectronics, WiMedia Convergence Architecture (WiMCA)
  • Presentation: Peter Johansson, Congruent Software. Wireless 1394
  • Presentation: Jeff Ravencraft, Intel. Wireless USB
  • Discussion and analysis


Note: agenda is subject to change




The meeting will be held at the San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport, CA.




San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport

San Mateo, California 94402 USA
Phone: 1-650-653-6000, 1-800-228-9290
Fax: 1-650-653-6088



Complimentary shuttle bus for airport.


The PCCA room block is named "PCCA" and the group rate is $139 which includes Marriott Wired for Business Package (High-speed Internet and unlimited domestic long-distance calls.) This block will be available until January 18.





The registration deadline is one week before the meeting.


Meetings are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $375 per person. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person to the meeting without incurring meeting charges.


Click here to register for the meeting using our secure Web page.




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 (e.g., engineering and program managers), so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis
  • should be on industry issues and proposed solutions versus selling your product.
  • 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.
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • We will provide an LCD projector.
  • 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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