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UWB transmission of high-definition through walls
Posted: 07-May-2005 [Source: Focus Enhancements]

[Focus Enhancements announced the successful demo of UWB transmission of HDTV streams through walls at its Hillsboro, OR facility.]

Campbell, CA -- FOCUS Enhancements, Inc.'s semiconductor group is successfully demonstrating the transmission of two high-definition TV (HDTV) streams through walls at its Hillsboro, OR, facility. This exciting development is another successful step toward the ultimate goal of enabling consumer products that will transmit multiple HD streams throughout the home based on FOCUS UWB chipsets later this year. This industry-leading technology extends the WiMedia/MBOA UWB Standard to better meet the requirements of video and high-speed data distribution through the home and office of the future.

FOCUS Enhancements' UWB technology will create a true personal area network (PAN) larger than ten feet with the ability to deliver rich media and crisp video content to UWB receivers. Its innovative technology is seamlessly interoperable with the WiMedia/MBOA UWB Standard while also extending performance in two critical area, data rate and range. UWB will extend the performance of next-generation personal/digital video recorders, TVs, set-top boxes, Media PCs, and DVD players.

"UWB is the standard that makes next-generation, high-performance wireless networks possible for real world applications, enabling the delivery of high-resolution and high-quality digital media throughout the home," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager of FOCUS Enhancements' semiconductor group. "Market interest is found in the wireless inter-connection of devices like TVs and home entertainment systems which will exchange music, photos, and video as well as store and distribute media. Our UWB technology is taking wireless to the next level with an emphasis on transmission quality for distance and speed."

Mike Kelly, vice president of marketing for FOCUS Enhancements' semiconductor group, stated, "FOCUS has essentially doubled the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering's (IEEE's) targets of 110 Mbps at a distance of 10 meters. Other solutions fall short when trying to deliver sustained high-resolution video over longer distances and are not very tolerant of things getting in the way of the signal. We are overcoming these obstacles now with two HD streams through a wall and have something that is practical for use by consumers in the home."

FOCUS Enhancements expects to sample UWB chip-sets in the third quarter of 2005 and modules containing UWB chip-sets later in the year. Performance expectations are anticipated to range from 880 Megabits per second (Mbps) at 8 meters to 37 Mbps at around 40-plus meters.

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