Open Interface Combines Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband to Stream High Definition Video

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First ever demonstration showcases potential of UWB and Bluetooth.

Open Interface provided the industry’s first public demonstration of high definition (HD) video streaming over Bluetooth+Ultra-Wideband (UWB) today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The demonstration utilizes Open Interface’s BLUEtusk™ technology to integrate Bluetooth and Freescale Semiconductor’s UWB technology, underscoring the potential in combining two of the most promising wireless technologies today.

The demonstration, showcased in the Freescale booth #70448F at the Sands Convention Center, represents a significant milestone in the merging of the two technologies. Indeed, this is the second Bluetooth+UWB demonstration from Open Interface and Freescale since the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced its intention to leverage UWB for high rate applications in May 2005.

“Following our demonstration of file transfer at WiCon Americas in October, today’s demonstration of video streaming reinforces Freescale’s commitment to the marriage of Bluetooth+UWB,” said Martin Rofheart, director of the Ultra-Wideband Operation at Freescale. “This demonstration is the next major step toward combining the strengths of Bluetooth and UWB and showcases the path to interoperability for high rate video applications.”

“Bluetooth defines a standard for video distribution, but without the high data rate of UWB, applications that consumers desire, such as MPEG2 video transfer or HD streaming from cell phone to laptop, aren’t feasible,” said Greg Burns, CTO of Open Interface. “The combination of Bluetooth+UWB leverages Bluetooth’s core strengths in ad hoc connectivity and interoperability, making consumer devices easy to connect, configure and use. We are extremely pleased by our progress and look forward to achieving even greater functionality and interoperability with Bluetooth and UWB.”

About the Demonstration

The demonstration highlights the consumer application possibilities from the on-going integration of Bluetooth and UWB. The hardware setup features two laptops, each enabled with a UWB module and Bluetooth dongle. One laptop is a video source, while the other is connected to a large display monitor. An initial wireless connection is established between the laptops using Bluetooth only. When the video application is started, the laptops use Open Interface’s BLUEtusk™ software to open a parallel UWB connection channel within the Bluetooth protocol stack using Freescale ’s XS110 DS-UWB radios. This higher bandwidth channel is used to stream a 20Mbps high definition video signal between the laptops while maintaining full Bluetooth device interoperability at all times.

About Ultra-Wideband

UWB solutions enable high rate transfer of video, audio and data streams wirelessly. At rates 100 times faster than Bluetooth® technology and with wire-like quality, UWB brings a new wireless option to auto, consumer electronics and PC/peripheral manufacturers. Using UWB, for example, an MPEG2 movie or HDTV stream can be broadcast in real time wirelessly. This allows consumers new freedom in the use of multimedia-centric products, as they no longer need to be connected with wires.

About Open Interface’s Bluetooth Solutions

Open Interface’s Bluetooth solutions ship in millions of consumer devices worldwide. BLUEmagic® 3.0 is a compact, modular, high-performance Bluetooth protocol stack designed specifically for embedded systems. Initially qualified in July 2002 and qualified for Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR in March 2005, it supports the widest range of Bluetooth profiles in the industry. BLUEtusk is Open Interface’s innovative technology for integrating Bluetooth with UWB and other high speed short range wireless technologies.

About Open Interface North America

Open Interface North America is a world-leading supplier of Bluetooth software and application solutions for the automotive, consumer, and wireless markets. Open Interface North America is a privately held company based in Seattle Washington.

Open Interface North America Contact:

Henry Nielsen

Open Interface North America, Inc.

(206) 315-5570


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