12 December 2006 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. Author Nick Flaherty Related Downloads 8225\Lets get Personal.pdf Comment on this article Websites http://www.broadcom.comhttp://www.csr.comhttp://www.nxp.com Companies Broadcom UK LtdCSR plcNXP Semiconductors Ltd This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.