Motorola Buys Ultrawideband Startup XtremeSpectrum
UPDATED: Motorola Inc. tied itself even closer to ultrawideband startup XtremeSpectrum Inc., purchasing the company outright in a deal announced Monday.Motorola Inc. tied itself even closer to ultrawideband startup XtremeSpectrum Inc., purchasing the company outright in a deal announced Monday. XtremeSpectrum is one of the companies working on products supporting high-data-rate personal networking wireless communications using the IEEE 802.15.3a standard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, the ultrawideband (UWB) specification appears to be a moving target. According to the IEEE, two proposals are being considered for a draft version of the spec, due in December: a compromise proposal developed by seventeen companies, including Intel Corp., Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Electronics, Texas Instruments Inc., and ST Microelectronics; and a second version designed by four firms, including XtremeSpectrum and Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. After the voting on the two proposals is completed next week, the draft version will be adopted by the IEEE and a final version will be published in mid-2004.
Motorola stated publicly that it supports the XtremeSpectrum proposal, and in March, the two firms inked a memorandum of understanding solidifying their partnership to develop the ultrawideband technology further. XtremeSpectrums Trinity chipset, launched in June 2002, delivers a 100Mbps data transfer rate using less than 200 milliwatts of power. Trinity includes built-in quality-of-service protocols designed for multimedia applications, according to XtremeSpectrum.