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  • Cisco weighs in for multi-gigabit addition to Wi-Fi

    A high-frequency supplement to Wi-Fi that's several times faster than most of what's available now appears headed for enterprises through a partnership between Cisco Systems and a specialist in the technology.

  • Wireless USB to get high-speed jolt from WiGig

    The WiGig high-speed wireless standard will power a new wireless version of USB through a deal between the Wi-Fi Alliance and the USB Implementers Forum.

  • Bluetooth 3.0 announces big speed boost

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has officially launched Bluetooth 3.0 with some big claims for the short-range wireless standard, mainly dramatically higher speed.

  • Wi-Fi set to get lift from Bluetooth

    Bluetooth is about to get a big boost in data rate and in some cases distance.

  • WiMedia Alliance quits as UWB technology falters

    The WiMedia Alliance, the industry group tasked to push UWB (ultrawideband) technology, will disband after it finishes transferring its technology to two other personal-area network organisations.

  • Ultra-wideband faces the end

    Staccato and Artimi, two pioneers of the fast wireless technology ultra-wideband (UWB) are to merge. The news, coming on top of Intel's decision to pull out of the technology, and the failure of other UWB players, has led to predictions of doom for the technology.

  • IEEE considers Gigabit Wi-Fi

    The IEEE is considering two possible technologies which could take Wi-Fi to Gigabit speeds by 2012 - even though the standards body won't finally publish the 802.11n fast Wi-Fi specification until November 2009.

  • UWB in doubt after TI pulls out

    Ultra-wideband, the fast short-range wireless link which was supposed to be in handsets and PCs by now, is on the brink of failure after Texas Instruments pulled out of the technology.

  • Vendors to show first wireless graphics card

    Wireless USB has spawned a new peripheral to add its growing following ? DisplayLink and Alereon have jointly announced a graphics adaptor that can connect a PC to a display without the need for a cable.

  • Bluetooth picks Wi-Fi as UWB drags along

    The Bluetooth community has decided to make a fast version of Bluetooth running over the Wi-Fi protocol, because handset makers and operators are increasingly frustrated by the wait for ultra-wideband (UWB) to finally appear in handsets.

Latest Features

  • Home networks given new options at CES

    Your IPTV needs an internet connection. But your living room is too far from your router to run an Ethernet cable, so what do you do? Or perhaps you have an office in the basement and need to transmit large files to the desktop down there, but the Wi-Fi keeps cutting out due to interference. Several companies demonstrated at CES various different answers to such dilemmas, but with a common theme: it was that no room in your house should be left unconnected.

  • WiGig may change the face of Wi-Fi

    There have been several fast wireless standards competing for attention over the past few years but WiGig may just have the best chance of cracking the market.

  • Whatever happened to ultrawideband?

    Ultrawideband was supposed to be the future, but it's not delivering the performance it should - and fast Wi-Fi is chasing it.

  • Has Wi-Fi really trumped UWB in the Bluetooth SIG?

    The Bluetooth SIG has surprised us all with a Wi-Fi alternative to its fast throughput plans. Is UWB falling out of favour?

  • Wire-free ultra-wideband won't replace USB

    Wireless USB may be better in every respect, but it's not going to boot the old style cables off our PCs in any reasonable timescale.

  • Bluetooth 2.1 - next stop Ultrawideband!

    Bluetooth is shaping up this year, to fight off wireless USB next year, says Bluetooth SIG's Anders Edlund.

  • UWB Soap Part 3: Let's Get Certified!

    WiMedia puts its side of the story. But there are more cliffhangers to come.

  • OK - is Bluetooth really doomed?

    Don't count the future fast version of Bluetooth out before it arrives. Wireless USB is a different kind of thing.

  • Freescale's UWB soap opera

    Martin Rofheart explains why his UWB is best, and Bluetooth is doomed - but it all begins to sound like a soap opera to us.

  • How is wireless developing?

    What's hot in wireless - and how will the IT manager cope with it. Analyst Craig Mathias gives some answers.

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