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Advances in Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Wireless USB
(Meeting and Demonstrations)

  

Hosted by MCCI
Austin, Texas

Meeting: Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research

  

CONTENTS

  

Background
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location
Hotel Information
Registration
Information for Presenters

  

BACKGROUND

 

Ultra-wideband (UWB) has finally emerged onto the market in the form of laptops with embedded WUSB technology and Certified Wireless USB (WUSB) hub and dongle adapter kits. First generation technology, to be sure, but its impact is already apparent in the PC world and impending in the embedded device world.

This should be a highly worthwhile meeting on a technology that has the potential to fundamentally change how devices communicate in local environments. In the words of one of the presenters, “Just as it took hundreds of years to change our view of earth and its rightful place in the universe it seems to be taking hundreds of Internet-years to change the view that the PC is the center of the connectivity universe. For future generations and use-cases it is not! And UWB could actually succeed in making that change!” However, this assumes that key issues are addressed correctly. Identifying these is one of the objectives of this meeting.

Hosted by MCCI Corporation, a leading supplier of USB software and support IP to the cellphone industry, speakers and attendees will examine UWB's standardization status, productization challenges and future.

The meeting will address questions such as:

  • What are the usage scenarios that could propel UWB to widespread adoption?
  • What is the timeframe for widespread UWB and Wireless USB deployment?
  • How will UWB and Bluetooth co-exist?
  • Will the market be fragmented across competing technical approaches?
  • How will UWB products address pairing issues that have complicated Bluetooth usage?
  • What are future directions in laptop/phone tethering using UWB?
  • Will business or consumer applications drive adoption?
  • How do UWB developments relate to Wi-Fi developments?
     

Note that meeting presenters, and many of the attendees, are world leading technologists on the subject material. We allocate sufficient time for discussion that attendees can ask questions of greatest interest. Moreover, the meetings allow informal networking during breaks where attendees can exchange important information.
 

 

AGENDA

  
Meeting and Demonstrations. June 11, 2008. 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
 
Meeting attendees obtain access to all content presented at the meeting and detailed minutes.

We plan to have demonstrations of personal-area networking products at the meeting.
 
The preliminary agenda is as follows:

    

  • 8:00 to 8:30 Coffee service and registration.
  • 8:30 to 8:40 Peter Rysavy, Executive Director, PCCA. Introductions. PCCA meeting schedule and association update.
  • 8:40 to 9:20 Terrill Moore, CEO, MCCI. Host company presentation.
  • 9:20 to 9:40 Steve Brightman, Director of Marketing, WiMedia. "The WiMedia Alliance Landscape."
  • 9:40 to 10:20 Presentation. Morten Christiansen, Senior System Designer, Ericsson Mobile Platforms. “How Can UWB Change Our View of the PC Universe?”
  • 10:20 to 10:40 Break
  • 10:40 to 11:20 Presentation. Pratik Mehta, Communications Technologist, Dell. "Ultra-Wideband for Short Range Connectivity."
  • 11:20 to 12:00 Presentation. Inanc Inan, PhD, Systems Engineer, Realtek. “Emerging Applications and Use Cases in UWB Domain.”
  • 12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 to 1:40 Presentation. Dave Sroka, International Marketing Manager WUSB/UWB, NXP Semiconductor. "UWB, the Ultimate Choice for PAN Technologies."
  • 1:40 to 2:20 Presentation. Wayne Daniel, Director of Strategic Marketing, WiQuest. "Video over UWB for Portable Computer Applications"
  • 2:20 to 2:40 Break
  • 2:40 to 3:20 Presentation. Zach Little, Program Manager, Wireless USB and UWB, Microsoft. "Ultra-Wideband: Hard Issues and Direction in the PC."
  • 3:20 to 4:00 Presentation. Jim Lansford, PhD, CTO, Alereon. "WWW: World-Wide Wireless USB"
  • Time remaining to 4:00. Discussion and further Q&A.

        

Note: agenda is subject to change.

   

MEETING LOCATION

    

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Austin.

    

HOTEL INFORMATION

Hilton Hotel
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-8000 

Room block is under the name PCCA. Room block expires May 11. Book soon.

  

REGISTRATION

   

The registration deadline is one week before the meeting.

   

Meetings are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $375 per person. This fee can be applied towards future membership. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person to the meeting without incurring meeting charges.

We expect a full meeting. If you intend to come, please register soon.

      

Click here to register for the meeting using our secure Web page.

   

INFORMATION FOR PRESENTERS

   

The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting: 

   

  • Presentations are typically 30 minutes to 40 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • Presenters must provide their presentations (PDF or PPT) at least one week prior to the meeting to allow for copying to the members area of the PCCA Web site, as well as to allow detailed questions for discussion.
  • This is a technical audience (e.g., engineering and program managers), so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis should be on industry and technology at large, versus selling your product (limit of 3 slides). Consider items such as compatibility, technical alternatives, standardization, deployment considerations, interoperability, certification and adoption.
  • Generally, 40 to 60 people attend each meeting, representing a broad spectrum of the mobile computing industry, including operators, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, middleware providers and application vendors.
  • We will provide an LCD projector. Presenters should plan on presenting from their own computers. Presenters should use their own presentation templates.
  • Since PCCA meetings are considered public meetings, please do not include any confidential or proprietary information. 

  

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