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3GSM tends to focus on the more traditional cellular technologies, but this year WiMax has been making quite a buzz. We're finally seeing handsets, data cards and all the other necessary bits and pieces.
Even Vodafone's Arun Sarin is starting to sound worried, warning that members of the GSM Association "need to make sure that LTE [the long-term evolution of 3G] is not still at the standards stage when WiMax is a commercial reality".
We're not sure that UK networks need be too concerned, given 3G is already being rolled out here, but it makes a big change from the dismissive way in which operators described WiMax only months ago.
These are Staccato Communication's ultrawideband (UWB) chips. UWB has been around in the States for a while, but is only now being allowed into Europe. The technology essentially uses other people's spectrum, and one UWB radio can interact with multiple protocols. As the name suggests, it also allows oodles of bandwidth.
The first application will be wireless USB, which you can expect to see phased into all sorts of electronic equipment over the coming months and years. UWB will also form the basis for the third generation of Bluetooth, which will hopefully arrive in the middle of 2008.