November 5th 2020, The world’s largest PC manufacturer, Lenovo launches ThinkPad X1 Nano laptop with UWB sensor from NOVELDA
2nd November 2020, UWB Alliance helps secure WIN on Duty Cycle Measurement Issue
Following the Radio Equipment Directive, the European Commission wants all requirements to be tested. Declaration of the duty cycle per hour, as permitted in the current Harmonised Standards, is no longer allowed. This poses a problem for the UWB community, since there is no equipment available that can measure with high enough resolution over such long periods. Unless an alternative test could be found, all equipment subject to this duty cycle limit would have to be approved by a Notified Body, adding significant costs to the certification process.
The UWB Alliance have worked in collaboration with ETSI and the European Commission over the last year to find a solution. We are delighted that we have been able to propose a resolution that was accepted by ETSI TGUWB. The duty cycle limit will be enforced and measured over shorter intervals (e.g. 1 minute or 10 minutes) such that it guarantees compliance per hour whilst making measurement possible.
The upcoming revisions of the Harmonised Standards requested by the European Commission will incorporate this proposal.
This is important, as it avoids our Members (and the whole UWB community) to have the go via a Notified Body for Duty Cycle testing to achieve UWB Certification in Europe 😊
Thank you to our Team, Members and ETSI TGUWB that have all worked diligently together over the last year to achieve this excellent result.
ETSI Members can click here to download TR 103 686 Report on Low Duty Cycle Mitigation for UWB Devices which has now been approved.
What we do
Since 2019, UWB has been expanding into a mainstream consumer technology for smartphones, wearables, automotive and industry, forecasted to drive sales volumes in excess of one billion devices annually by 2025.
Building upon the standardization work performed by our staff and members within the IEEE on the 802.15.4z, we are focussed on providing a favourable regulatory and spectrum management landscape to maximize UWB growth. This includes working to secure new advantageous rulesets in the upcoming reviews in USA and Europe to expand the use cases for UWB technology.
We are also heavily involved in optimizing spectrum sharing whilst minimizing interference. We evangelise coexistence for the expanding Wireless Multiverse and work with members and stakeholders to provide thought leadership on strategies to “make it all work together”.
Scope and Goals
The UWB Alliance takes a proactive position to influence regulatory matters in our mission to:
- Develop effective coexistence strategies for UWB bands with new evolving radio regulations
- Increase the utility of UWB globally through the expansion and adoption of UWB Standards worldwide. Examples include providing better indoor range, expanding outdoor use, simplifying the automotive rulesets, and working to find alternative solutions to the EC’s proposal to mandate the measurement of transmit duty cycle over a one-hour period.
- We are also advocating new spectrum, such as the new work item in Europe to Expand UWB up to 12.4 GHz, as well as in the emerging higher frequency bands.
- We work to educate and influence country/regional regulatory bodies with the goal of expanding the worldwide regulatory footprint for UWB and harmonization of international regulatory standards.
Working together with our members, we chair, orchestrate, and promote end-to-end vendor agnostic interoperability built upon newly published and already widely adopted standards – such as IEEE 802.15.4z – in our mission to:
- Establish Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology as a significant open-standards industry
- Promote IEEE 802.15.4 as specified in amendments 802.15.4a and 4f
- Extend the work published in the new 802.15.4z amendment
- Create other evolving standards-based UWB technologies
Advocate UWB Technology
As part of our mission, we advocate UWB technology and use cases to:
- Promote verticals showing the value of UWB for IoT and Industry 4.0
- Build a global ecosystem across the complete UWB value chain, from the silicon to the service.
UWB Alliance Board of Directors
Chairman, UWB Alliance
Board Member, UWB Alliance
Board Member, Novelda
Board Member, Qorvo
Board Member, STMicroelectronics
Executive Director, Chairman IEEE 802.15.4z, Vice Chairman ETSI TGUWB, Tech Editor IEEE 802.15.4f, TE of ISO 24730-61
Executive Director, Operations Director, Experienced technology policy advocate with association management expertise
Chief Technology Officer and Comptroller, Vice Chairman IEEE 802.15.4z, Treasurer IEEE 802.15, Executive Committee Member IEEE 802, TE of multiple versions of 802.15
Technical Advisor, Global R&D/Engineering and tech start-up executive, Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), past AES standards Vice-Chair, extensive wireless and UWB experience.
General Counsel, Executive V.P. at 121 Strategies
Technical Adviser, ETSI TGUWB Secretary, Wireless System Architecture, ASIC implementations, Standards, Regulations and Product Compliance
VP Business Development, Global Business Development, Sales and Marketing