The FCC will grant Intel-backed ultra wide band group WiMedia permission to sell its products in the US later today.

"Unless anything happens overnight, the approval will be announced at 10am US time," said Ed Thomas, chief of the FCC's office of engineering and technology, in London for the Ultrawideband Europe conference.

The FCC has dimissed objections to WiMedia put forward by Freescale, which already has FCC approval for its rival "direct sequence" version of UWB.

"This is good news," said Stephen Wood of Intel, also president of the WiMedia Alliance, which is promoting multi-band OPDM, Intel's favoured flavour of UWB. "We will have products in the first quarter of next year."

"Our view is very simple. We want to enable any UWB technology it is possible to enable, provided we protect incumbents," said the FCC's Thomas. "Our task is not to provide a technology."

The battle for a UWB standard will now move to the IEEE, which will take a vote next week on which type should be pushed. The deadlocked IEEE 802.15.3a task group will vote at its plenary meeting in Atlanta, but neither WiMedia nor Freescale are expected to get the required 75 percent majority.