Broadband Wireless Internet Access Gains High Speed Standard; IEEE-ISTO Sponsored Multivendor Broadband Wireless Internet Forum to Convene; Open Meeting on July 26.
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2000
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) today announced the formation and first meeting of the Broadband Wireless Internet Forum (BWIF BWIF Broadband Wireless Internet Forum (IEEE-ISTO) ). The goal of the BWIF is to provide cost-effective, broadband wireless access, with industry-leading performance and reliability for compelling end-user applications such as high-speed Internet access, premium streaming audio and video content and voice. BWIF becomes the sixth publicly announced industry group to organize as a program of the IEEE-ISTO, which will facilitate the Forum's day-to-day activities.
BWIF is an incorporated, non-profit association of industry-leading companies that will work together to ensure adoption of a single, unified broadband wireless access industry standard. Members of BWIF will drive product roadmaps that will lower product costs, simplify deployment of advanced services, and ensure the availability of interoperable standards-based solutions based on Vector Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing See FDM.
(communications) frequency division multiplexing - (FDM) The simultaneous transmission of multiple separate signals through a shared medium (such as a wire, optical fibre, or light beam) by modulating, at the transmitter, the separate signals into separable (VOFDM (Vector Orthogonal FDM) A radio frequency technology that enables a wireless connection to provide the same performance as a cable modem. Known to be reliable in areas with a lot of interference, VOFDM is being developed and supported as an open standard for wireless ) technology. BWIF members agree to cross-license to other BWIF members, the technologies required to implement the standard on a worldwide, royalty-free basis.
Wireless Starting Point
Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, is contributing to BWIF several patent-pending Broadband Wireless intellectual property innovations based on VOFDM, a cost-effective version of MIMO (Multiple Input/Multiple Output) Pronounced "my-mo," it is the use of multiple transmitters and receivers (multiple antennas) on wireless devices for improved performance. OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) A digital transmission technique that uses a large number of carriers spaced apart at slightly different frequencies. (Multiple Input Multiple Output Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing). VOFDM streams high-speed voice, video and data easily through congested con·gest·ed
Affected with or characterized by congestion.
congested ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion. city, suburban and rural environments by minimizing the line-of-sight limitations and installation problems faced by other broadband wireless access technologies. Cisco's Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service
Multichannel multipoint distribution service, also known as MMDS or Wireless Cable (MMDS (Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service or Microwave Multipoint Distribution Service) A digital wireless transmission system that works in the 2.2-2.4 GHz range. ) solutions, based on the VOFDM standard, are currently in trials with major telecommunications carriers in several metropolitan areas in the United States
Also taking a leadership role in support of BWIF is Broadcom Corporation. Broadcom is implementing VOFDM technology in integrated circuits, and is offering early access to system-level silicon for select customers to accelerate broadband wireless equipment provider's products to the market. Broadcom's heritage with numerous standards-based efforts addresses a wide range of markets including Data-over-Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) A cable modem standard from the CableLabs research consortium (www.cablelabs.com), which provides equipment certification for interoperability. ), HomePNA and Gigabit Ethernet over Copper. Broadcom's industry-leading, highly integrated, silicon solutions enable broadband digital transmission of voice, data and video content to and throughout the home and within the business enterprise.
Invitation to Open Meeting on July 26
The first meeting of BWIF will include an Open Meeting, to be held on July 26, 2000 in Denver, Colorado, USA. BWIF will host companies representing many facets of wireless technology implementation including service providers, semiconductor manufacturers, system integrators, Customer Premise Equipment (CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Communications equipment that resides on the customer's premises.
CPE - Customer Premises Equipment ) vendors, installation services companies and Radio Frequency (RF) system suppliers. Companies planning to attend the first plenary meeting include Cisco Systems, Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Toshiba, Pace Micro Technology plc., LCC International, Inc., Getronics, Bechtel, TurboNet Communications, Fluor, PipingHot Networks, WFI (Wireless Facilities, Inc.) and W J Communications.
This meeting will offer participants the opportunity to gain a complete understanding of BWIF's goals and organizational structure. Interested parties will also review the Intellectual Property License Agreement, and gain insight into the future BWIF capabilities and programs. Information regarding this Open Meeting can be accessed at http://www.ieee-isto.org/bwif/. Advanced registration is required to attend this meeting.
About the IEEE-ISTO
The IEEE-ISTO was formed by the IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is a leading developer of global industry standards in a broad-range of industries, including:
For further information about the IEEE-ISTO visit http://www.ieee-isto.org or contact Peter Lefkin, IEEE-ISTO secretary treasurer and CFO See Chief Financial Officer. , at 732/465-6582, or email@example.com. For further information about the BWIF call 732/465-6473 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.