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Welcome to the November 2006 issue of Incisor magazine.
One issue dominates this month’s magazine. It wasn’t planned this way, but then we weren’t to know what was about to happen ….
On the 3rd October, Nokia sent the WPAN world into a spin by publicly announcing a new, short range wireless technology that it is calling Wibree. From the beginning, it seemed that this was not only a potential rival to both Bluetooth and ZigBee, but that Nokia’s decision to announce had surprised many, and angered some. So, Incisor’s editorial plan for the month was thrown out of the window. Unlike some of the early media coverage, we have taken the trouble to talk to Nokia and many of the parties that this affects. These include the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the ZigBee Alliance and one of the main silicon participants – CSR. We’ve also put our necks on the line and given our summary analysis (see page 7).
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In this issue, CSR launches a reference design for a Voice over Wi-Fi handset, which is set to dramatically cut costs and boost take-up of VoIP phones - look out DECT! All wireless devices need antennas, and Tim Hillison of Fractus suggests that to build a better wireless product you should start with the antenna, rather than add it on as an afterthought. Meanwhile, Billy Brackenridge of UWB leader Staccato Communications cautions against pacts with the devil.
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High Speed Bluetooth special issue
Welcome to this special - video-enabled - issue of Incisor magazine, in which senior industry executives from the Bluetooth SIG, CSR and Motorola explain first-hand the evolution of High Speed Bluetooth. For the first time, Incisor includes a series of video interviews plus detailed editorial to deliver a rich, multi-media experience.
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Issue date: September 2006
The bulk of this issue is given over to Incisor’s annual review of short range wireless technologies. As we explain in our introduction, we carry out this review for our own purposes as well as our readers – it helps us to maintain an understanding of the status quo across the short range RF sector – Bluetooth, UWB, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, RFID and NFC.
And we would like to let you know that we are currently working on a very exciting new project. We will publish a special issue of Incisor, outside of our normal schedule, which will be 100% dedicated to the subject of High Speed Bluetooth – the combination of Bluetooth and UWB that will become Bluetooth 3.0. This project is being supported by the Bluetooth SIG, CSR and Motorola, and will include, amongst other innovations, video interviews with senior executives from each organisation.
This special issue will be published mid-September.
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In this month’s issue we discuss the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s announcement of its Icon Experience programme, and Callpod shows that there is still room to innovate with Bluetooth, having developed an extremely clever conferencing technology that works with all models of Bluetooth headsets and mobile phones.
Plenty of standalone UWB development is happening too. Staccato Communications is extending its reach into Asia, and so is Artimi. HDTV specialist Pulse~LINK has launched its 1Gbps UWB chipset, and tells us how to distribute HDTV around the home using UWB over wireless and – get this – wired connections.
Plus the amount of ZigBee, Wi-Fi, and RFID-related information Incisor receives each month continues to increase, so this is another packed issue, covering developments across the range of short range wireless technologies.
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The May/June period ought to be fairly quiet, but it just doesn’t
feel that way. The most successful Bluetooth headset company - GN Netcom - is restructuring its business, one of the leading UWB companies - Icron - temporarily suspends trading in its stock, and Incisor prepares to travel to Scandinavia for the next in its series of 'Wireless in XXXX' special focus issues.
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It might be reasonable to assume that people who work in the wireless sector get their fill of technology. It seems this is not the case. We are regularly encouraged to add more product-level content.
Well, this month we have something to keep the gadget lovers happy. We have focused on one of the most exciting trends in Bluetooth – stereo audio – and have reviewed headsets and media streaming devices from Motorola, Jabra and Wi-Gear. See inside this issue to learn how the experience panned out.
And this month’s in-depth editorial feature looks at wireless USB. This is the area where the UWB companies have chosen to lock horns. Making USB wireless creates a huge business opportunity, hence the intense interest. However, many issues need to be addressed before either the WiMedia or UWB Forum companies can start celebrating.
And talking of the UWB Forum, see page 19 for some shock news!
Finally, we publicise our next regional focus special issue – Wireless in Scandinavia. See page 13 for details. We would be pleased to include your company.
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What a month we had! There we were, working our way through a series of fascinating interviews in our follow-up story to CSR’s WiMedia UWB announcement, when the jungle drums alerted us to the fact that something big was about to happen. And what’s more, it involved the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
It could only be one thing. The BSIG was going to announce its own UWB decision – would it choose the widely supported WiMedia Alliance version, or the DS-UWB version promoted by the UWB Forum?
Sure enough, on Wednesday the 28th March the BSIG told the world that it would align with WiMedia. In agreement with the BSIG, we had the news early and sat on it until an embargo was lifted. Others didn’t, and it was frustrating to note that while we did the decent thing, certain less disciplined media companies put the news up on the Web instantly.
The BSIG’s announcement meant an unseemly scramble to re-think and partly re-write our related stories. No matter, the job was done, and our views and analysis are here for your consideration.
What is certain is that although there has been a fanfare of triumphal responses to both the Bluetooth SIG and CSR’s actions, there is an undercurrent of uncertainty. We feel that the companies that have been leading the WiMedia push are, in some cases, maybe just a little threatened, which is characterized by a certain amount of sabre-rattling.
See if you agree.
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March 2006 - 3GSM World Congress special issue
For a few days in February, the telecoms world descended upon Barcelona. 3GSM World Congress, for so long based in Cannes, the South of France, has moved.
What was new at 3GSM? Well, not a lot for those of us following the short range wireless sector, except that Wi-Fi seems to be finding its way into lots of cellphones. CSR made several Wi-Fi -related announcements at 3GSM, and it seems as if the dominant Bluetooth player is getting ready to attack Wi-Fi with equal vigor.
CSR has also announced that it will align with the WiMedia Alliance as it prepares to make public an UWB roadmap (see our front page story). This news, which is very, very significant, came in literally as this issue of Incisor was being finished. The implications of CSR’s announcement are enormous, and we examine the matter in depth in next month’s issue.
Finally we devoted a substantial amount of space to considering Texas Instrument’s acquisition of Chipcon, as reported last month. Suddenly there is a lot of noise about ZigBee, after 18 months of relative quiet. What is really happening, and is ZigBee about to achieve large-scale success? The research for this feature opened our eyes.
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Issue date: March 2006
February 2006 - Pure Wireless/CES review issue
It seems barely any time since Incisor announced that it would stage a brand new wireless event alongside the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now we can say that Pure Wireless is a current, rather than a new event programme. Pure Wireless saw the meeting of some very significant minds, and we have ambitious plans for the expansion of the Pure Wireless brand. Read about this first event in this issue.
Whilst we were managing Pure Wireless, wireless technology featured big at CES 2006. In the UWB space the heat is on to put the first products into the hands of real consumers. Its just like the early days of Bluetooth. Except that Bluetooth had a clear(-ish) playing field. UWB has a mountain to climb – read this issue for details of the how the IEEE has disbanded its UWB working group, and how both the WiMedia Alliance and the UWB Forum joined forces to minimize the impact of this announcement.
And its not just in the very high data rate sector that significant things have been happening. The status quo in that ‘sleeper’ technology – ZigBee – was shaken up as Texas Instruments - one of the biggest semiconductor companies – bought the most active ZigBee company – Chipcon.
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Issue date: February 2006