Report: UWB Market Primed for Strong Growth in Next 5 Years


According to research firm Parks Associates, the
finalization of the 802.15.3a standards process is critical
to driving mass-market adoption of ultra wideband (UWB).
The firm predicts PC, mobile CE and fixed CE applications
will drive growth.

UWB communications systems, which enable short-range and
robust wireless connectivity between devices, will
propagate within the next five years, exceeding 150 million
devices by year-end 2008, according to Personal Area
Connectivity Solutions: The Next Generation

This new report from Parks Associates also warns that
uncertainties about the finalization of the IEEE 802.15.3a
standard may slow this market at the outset. However, once
the standard is in place, the PC industry will likely lead
the way with large deployments of UWB-enabled PCs and
peripheral interconnect solutions, followed by the mobile
CE space (digital cameras and music players) and the fixed
CE segment (HDTVs, projectors, and A/V receivers).

“The adoption of a widely accepted industry standard such
as 802.15.3a is essential in matching UWB’s market reality
to its very high expectations,” said Kurt Scherf, vice
president of research at Parks Associates. “A universal
standard is particularly critical among larger CE and PC
vendors, who are seeking a wireless solution that meets
their needs across platforms and requirements. We believe
that UWB could very well be that unifying communications

Parks Associates’ report Personal Area Connectivity
Solutions: The Next Generation
addresses the prospects
for UWB commercialization, examining market drivers and
inhibitors, profiling leading industry players, and
providing chipset and revenue forecasts through 2008. For
more information on this or other Parks Associates’
research, please contact Parks Associates at 972-490-1113
or at MAILTO:[email protected]>[email protected]



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