April 12, 2006
UWB Standards MADness
Andy Updegrove writes "The wireless space has increasingly been the site of bloody standards battles. In committee after committee, rival camps vying for victory creatie independent organizations outside the IEEE process to gather allies and cheerlead from the sidelines. In the latest display of behavior reminiscent of the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) strategies of the Cold War, Motorola spinoff and silicon vendor Freescale announced that it was splintering off of the splinter group that it had splintered off of the IEEE working group that failed to set a UWB standard as a result. Got that? If not, don't worry - it doesn't really make much sense anyway. It's a strategy that certainly won't serve consumers well, and ultimately may not work for Freescale, either."