Another novel wireless modulation scheme has broken cover - but it is saying even less about its technology than its peers.

Singapore-based Photron Technologies has announced it is making chips for what it calls Ultra Spectral Modulation (USM) technology, which it claims can allow data transmission at extremely high rates for a given bandwidth, and at very low power.

Photron claims its technology can achieve rates of 100bit/s per Hz of bandwidth allocated, and that it is packaging it in demonstration chipsets using FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) in the hardware platform. Photron claims this makes it around 25 times more efficient than the leading 3G technology in the US, EV-DO.

These claims are strikingly similar to those of xG Technology, whose xMax technology appeared, in a vendor-controlled demonstration last year, to achieve 7.4Mbit/s per MHz per Watt, through technology it described as "single cycle modulation".

Readers will have noticed that, even if these claims were demonstrated under verifiable conditions, they would be hard to compare since the units quoted are different.

Photron's site has a White Paper, by Photron's "technology adviser", Larry Garcia, who is also "senior technical advisor" for Aerotelesis, a Los Angeles company that promises to implement USM. The paper doesn't explain USM, unfortunately, but hints that it uses "the correct mix" of phase modulation (PM) and amplitude modulation, (AM), and an "ideal digital filter".

The other uncertainty in any wireless technology is range, and Photron doesn't address this at all. While it compares its technology with long-range 3G technology such as EV-DO, others have commented that it may have a much shorter range.