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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

Pure Wireless preview - Jan 2006
In last month’s issue we explained how Incisor publisher Click Information Terminology Ltd (Click) is expanding its activity with a series of showcase events under the PURE WIRELESS banner. The first PURE WIRELESS event will take place at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas between the 5th - 8th January 2006, at the same time as the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is taking place. If you want to see the future of wireless technology – including Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband combined, Wireless USB 2.0, Bluetooth stereo audio headsets and an Xbox 360 connected during active HD game play to two High Definition displays, one which will receive its signal via the analog RGB cables currently shipping with the Xbox, the other display will receive its signal wirelessly using Pulse~LINK’s UWB radios, then you have to come to PURE WIRLESS. All of this is available at one venue, at one time, and is FREE TO ATTEND for registered PURE WIRELESS and CES attendees. This issue contains full details
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Issue date: January 2006

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

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