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Ultrawideband Shows Its Potential At CES

LONDON — Manufacturers and developers of silicon for ultrawideband are flocking to Las Vegas this week to demonstrate their designs in various prototypes and products at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Freescale Semiconductor is showing a UWB-enabled mobile phone designed by former parent Motorola that will be seen connecting to a laptop and downloading MP3 files from the Internet or photos taken with the handset.

The company, which is the main backer of the Direct-Sequence version of UWB, will also have its chips in demonstrations of, for instance, an UWB-enabled HDTV from Haier, as well as a hybrid wireless network being demonstrated by Samsung and Intellon.

Numerous modules are also being highlighted, including a mini-PCI interface device from Global Sun, targeted at OEMs keen to integrate UWB capability into their products.

Other members of the UWB Forum, which is pushing the DS-UWB version against the alternate physical layer specifications of the Multiband OFDM Alliance (MBOA), will be demonstrating media blasters, wireless home networks and set top boxes, all incorporating the DS flavor UWB.

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