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Wireless USB

Short range wireless or personal area networking technology has grown rapidly in the past 5 years, mostly in the form of Bluetooth. While over a billion Bluetooth devices have been sold to date, there are a number of features that could enable new usage models that today's Bluetooth is not well equipped to handle. This talk describes Wireless USB, which is based on ultra wideband (UWB) radio technology. Wireless USB offers speeds of up to 480Mb/s at short distances, and energy efficiency far beyond Bluetooth. WUSB will allow exchange of large files such as digital photos, video, and music in seconds, not minutes, and will expend a fraction of the battery capacity compared to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The Wireless USB specification was ratified two years ago, and interoperability tests and certification are in the final stages. Products will begin appearing on retail shelves this summer. This talk will give a look "under the hood" of WUSB and UWB technology, and how it will impact computer, mobile, and consumer electronics products.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jim Lansford

Dr. Lansford is Chief Technology Officer of Alereon; he has over 25 years of experience in communications system analysis and design as well as digital signal processing. In addition to developing advanced technologies and architectures for future UWB systems, including Alereon’s CogniPHY™ technology, he is heavily involved in a number of standards, trade group and regulatory activities. Dr. Lansford is formerly Co-chair of IEEE802.15.3a, the High Rate WPAN Task Group, and was also formerly the chair of 802.19 (Wireless Coexistence Technical Advisory Group) within IEEE 802. He was a significant contributor to 802.15.2 and 802.11g. In addition to his technical activities, he is involved in business development activities with strategic partners and key customers. Prior to Alereon, Dr. Lansford was VP of Business Development and CTO of Mobilian Corporation, where he promoted Mobilian’s multi-standard radio technology, including advanced interference management techniques. Prior to Mobilian, Dr. Lansford was a Wireless System Architect with Intel Corporation, and was the Co-Chairman of the Technical Committee for the HomeRF Industry Working Group, a wireless technology industry consortium of over 100 companies. In addition to his experience with Alereon and two previous startups, he has served on the teaching and/or research faculty of Georgia Tech, the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, and Oklahoma State University. He has published numerous articles in journals and other publications, and holds several patents.

Dr. Lansford received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1988, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with highest honors, from Auburn University in 1980.