Sophia–Antipolis, September 2008
The Wireless Alliance for Testing Experiment and Research today announced that it is partnering with the WiMedia Alliance to focus on furthering development of technology required for measurement, calibration and testing of UWB radio products. This Alliance is a not-for-profit open industry association that promotes and enables the rapid adoption, regulation, standardization and multi-vendor interoperability of ultra-wideband (UWB) worldwide.
Through this collaboration, researchers with the WALTER project will have direct access to members of the WiMedia Alliance who are involved in the development of the specifications providing them with instantaneous access to test specifications. WiMedia will have access to WALTER regulatory tests and to three WALTER independent testing labs located in Europe and China helping drive international acceptance and adoption of WiMedia standards.
“This relationship is a real opportunity to develop the awaited international testbeds for the emerging UWB technologies,” said Philippe COUSIN, strategy manager of the WALTER project. “Our participation with the WiMedia Alliance goes hand-in-hand with our global efforts to maximize the exploitation of WALTER research results by the market”.
About the WALTER project
WALTER is a project co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th framework program for RTD. Started in January 2008 it will last 2 years. Gathering 8 organisations from Europe and China, the project WALTER addresses the need for broadband testbeds by overcoming the technical issues of measuring low level, high datarate radio signals. The resulting worldwide interconnected testbeds will address the short term needs of industry and regulators but also the longer-term needs of research communities. Further information on the WALTER project is available at www.walter-uwb.eu.
About the WiMedia Alliance
The WiMedia Alliance is a not-for-profit open industry association that promotes and enables the rapid adoption, regulation, standardization and multi-vendor interoperability of ultra-wideband (UWB) worldwide. The basis for the industry’s first UWB standards (published by Ecma International), WiMedia UWB is optimized for wireless personal-area networks delivering high-speed (480Mbps and beyond), low-power multimedia capabilities for the PC, CE, mobile and automotive market segments. Emphasizing peaceful coexistence with other wireless services, the WiMedia UWB Common Radio Platform is designed to operate with application stacks developed by the Certified Wireless USB Promoter Group, the Bluetooth-SIG and proprietary implementations. Further information on the WiMedia Alliance and its certification program is available at www.wimedia.org.