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[Interview] Meet the Engineers Responsible for the Global Standardization of UWB


The world of today is an interconnected one. At a given moment, for instance, your smartphone might be connected to your laptop, your laptop to your TV, and your TV to a wireless speaker. Now, imagine a world without the technologies, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, that make this kind of connectivity possible. The impact of their absence would be significant, ranging from small inconveniences in everyday life to much bigger constraints on broader innovation.

Now, a next-generation wireless communications technology called ultra-wideband (UWB) has emerged and promises to permeate users’ lives and change the way the world connects.

What is UWB?

UWB is a short-range wireless communications protocol that operates through radio waves at wide frequency bandwidths. It features high-precision spatial and directional recognition and enables mobile devices to accurately understand their surrounding environments. UWB communication allows a wide range of devices to connect intelligently and perform a broad set of functions that include secure, tap-free mobile payments and locating remote controllers. UWB offers highly accurate positioning in large, busy indoor areas, so smartphones equipped with the technology can be used for purposes like navigating airport terminals to find a restaurant or pinpointing where your car is parked in a crowded indoor parking lot.

Samsung Newsroom sat down with the Standards Research Team from the Advanced Communications Research Center at Samsung Research – engineers who have provided communications technology leadership and set the standard for UWB – to learn about the progress they have made so far and what they believe the future holds for UWB technology.


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