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Let’s get personal

It’s taken a while, but personal area networking is finding a wide range of application.

“The strategy from the start was to supply personal area networking (PAN) and I was convinced there would be tens of wireless devices in every home.” CSR has been leading the way with its single chip Bluetooth device and James Collier, chief technology officer and founder of the company, is seeing his dream in 1998 coming true.
PAN technology is expanding from the almost ubiquitous Bluetooth link in a billion mobile phones, to a low cost, low power version called WiBree, to low power, network oriented Zigbee technology, to contact based, short range Near Field Communication (NFC) and to various versions of high speed ultrawideband (UWB) that will provide wireless USB links and the next generation of Bluetooth.
PAN is defined by the peer to peer connections and so rules out the 802.11 standard wireless local area networking, but there is an explosion in the different technologies coming though.

Nick Flaherty

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