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November 2005 - Pure Wireless preview 1
What a busy month! As the non-technology world winds down for the Christmas holiday period, there is no respite for those of us working in the world of electronics. The industry’s largest consumer electronics show - the 2006 International CES - takes place in Las Vegas between the 5th and 8th of January. This show has been identified by most of the wireless companies that Incisor works with as a major milestone in the calendar, with many wireless announcements being made and new technologies being displayed. Incisor publisher Click I.T. Ltd is recognizing the importance of this milestone, and is staging its own independent event – Pure Wireless – at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas at the same time as CES. Our aim is to provide one venue which provides a highly focused opportunity to see the latest wireless technologies and applications all in one place, and to meet with the people that set the agenda for the development of wireless technology strategies. We have the support of the leading vendors and the wireless associations. Pure Wireless is free to attend for visitors, and we warmly welcome you to come and meet with Incisor and the sponsors and exhibitors at our event. Full details are contained in this issue of Incisor.
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Issue date: November 2005


Wireless in America
For anyone from within the industry, or for observers monitoring wireless developments in connection with their corporate responsibilities, our Wireless in America special focus provides two important sections. The first showcases the activities of some of the US companies that are taking the wireless industry forward. Incisor talks to some of the most knowledgeable and insightful luminaries in this business, and learns their vision of the future for short range wireless. Then we have provided an opportunity for each of the major wireless industry alliances and forums to detail the status of their respective technologies – Bluetooth, UWB (WiMedia and DS-UWB), Wi-Fi, ZigBee and NFC – in the North American market specifically, and their broader outlook. And we provide our regular monthly update on the latest developments in the wireless industry. The Bluetooth SIG has been busy, for example, with news of new qualification tools intended to make developers lives easier.
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Issue date: October 2005


October 2005
This month we look at developments in the world of Wi-Fi/WLAN. There have been big developments at the top end of the WLAN market, with the 802.11n standard seemingly firming up. All is not as clear as its main proponents would like to portray, as Paul Rasmussen reveals.
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September 2005
There have been some important developments in various sectors of the wireless world this month. Texas Instruments has had its Bluetooth silicon qualified to the v2.0/EDR of the Bluetooth specification, UWB companies Staccato, Wisair and Alereon are on the list of compatible PHY suppliers for Intel’s Wireless USB Peripheral Developer Kit, and at the same time, Wisair had launched a reference design for a UWB dongle – the first of its type. Staying with UWB, the Japanese authorities have granted regulatory approval for UWB, and Korea is expected to follow. All of which will promote the rapid roll-out of UWB.
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August 2005
We continue to work flat out to keep our finger on the pulse of the Bluetooth, UWB/W-USB, ZigBee, RFID, NFC and WiMax industries. We are also rushing towards our second annual revue of wireless activity in the USA. Plus – Incisor has made an important new addition to its monthly content. At the back of the magazine we have added a ‘Connection section’, which will be a meeting point for company’s looking to advertise vacancies, for employment agencies seeking staff and for any company or individual looking to provide products or services to the wireless industry.
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July 2005
As the dust settles after the WiCon show, you could be forgiven for thinking that we are moving into the quiet, hazy days of Summer, when nothing happens. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the Bluetooth world, CSR celebrates its 1,000th design win (a statistic that is already out of date, we are sure). In UWB, both Focus and Artimi are claiming first single chip solutions, and in ZigBee, one of the feisty smaller players at the forefront of developments – Ember – teams up with industry giant Texas Insstruments.
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WiCon 2005 review issue
Welcome to the Wireless Connectivity World 2005 review issue of Incisor magazine. This issue assumes a different format, as we review the news, announcements and product and technology demonstrations that took place at Europe’s largest (only?) annual show dedicated to the short range RF sector. As you will read in our main review, the show was not hugely well attended, either by sponsors, exhibitors or general delegates/exhibition visitors. Having said that, most of the wireless alliances and associations were present, including the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the WiMedia MBOA Alliance, the DS-UWB Forum, the ZigBee Alliance, and Wi-Fi Alliance. As we report here, there seems to be a new-found awareness in the wireless world that it is a good idea for these bodies to co-operate for the greater good. The wireless show market seems to be in a state of flux at the moment. Should there be a WiCon-style show that covers all technologies, or are focused shows better. At the end of our WiCon review, we ask you, our readers, to let us know what you think about whether, when and where these shows should take place.
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Issue date: July 2005


WiCon 2005 preview issue
Welcome to the Wireless Connectivity World 2005 preview issue of Incisor magazine. For the first time since the very early days of Bluetooth – and lets not forget that what we now call the Wireless Connectivity World show grew out of a show that was pure Bluetooth – WiCon is held in London. During the week that this issue is published, leading companies from the short range wireless sector will gather at London’s ExCeL centre to show shiny new products, to network and perhaps even to do deals. This issue of Incisor includes many announcements from companies attending WiCon, and we will be walking the floors to gather more information for our review issue, which is published on the 7th of June. But, hold on! Maybe Bluetooth is to exert its influence on this wireless show once more. Regular readers of Incisor will remember that last month we issued an alert that a big news story was about to happen. Well, it did. As reported in an e-bulletin to our readers on the day of the announcement, and as you are now able to read in detail across this page, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group will co-operate with Ultra Wideband companies to enable a combined solution offering all of Bluetooth’s established benefits AND the super high-speed data transfer of UWB. This is an extraordinarily important and exciting announcement, and much of this issue is dedicated to reporting the whys, wherefores and implications.
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Issue date: June 2005


May 2005
Welcome to the May 2005 issue of Incisor magazine, in which we make a confession – that is that we weren’t aware that stereo Bluetooth solutions had hit the market. We look at how a relatively little known company – i.Tech – has beaten the established players in the headset arena, bringing a stereo Bluetooth headset to market before any other company. And our confession extends to admitting that we thought you needed Bluetooth version 2.0/EDR to do this. We look closely, and discover this just isn’t true. The pace is stepping up in the UWB/W-USB and WiMAX markets. Staccato, Fujitsu and Wisair have made important announcements in the former, and Intel is putting its might behind making WIMAX happen – and not just with marketing dollars – it has launched WiMAX silicon.
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April 2005
This issue includes the front page news that one side of the war to establish a standard for Ultra Wideband has taken a major step forward - the MBOA SIG has joined forces with the WiMedia Alliance. We have also included a major review of ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4. This RF and software standard aims to own the low power, low data rate, multi-node wireless networking space. ZigBee has, by comparison with other more loudly heralded wireless technologies, been creeping up on us without a great deal of fanfare. A stealth campaign. Pundits suggest that a successful adoption of Zigbee will end many of Bluetooth's ambitions for applications outside of the cellphone/headset market. Could this be true, and what are the challenges that face ZigBee along the way? Our special focus examines the issues, with the help of industry experts. And the last month has seen two important acquisitions in the Bluetooth space. CSR has bought Clarity, and Broadcom has bought Zeevo. Both with the expanding market for stereo and and high quality audio headsets in mind. See inside for details.
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