SOURCE: Staccato Communications

August 25, 2005 17:58 ET

Staccato Communications Applauds Adoption of Ultra-Wideband Emissions Policy by Japanese Ministry

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 25, 2005 -- Staccato Communications, an ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology pioneer, today applauded the adoption of the ultra-wideband emissions policy by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). Staccato believes that the Ministry's specifications will provide fully adequate protection to incumbent services such as radio astronomy, as well as future WiMax, fourth generation (4G) systems and broadcast services, in Japan while fostering innovative new applications based on ultra-wideband technology.

"Staccato welcomes Japan's new UWB policy and we believe this move will greatly accelerate the adoption of UWB by regulatory bodies worldwide," said Dr. Roberto Aiello, co-founder and chief technical officer for Staccato Communications. "After personally working very closely with the FCC beginning in 1998, it took four years to achieve the first UWB regulations in the U.S. With this ruling, it is gratifying to see Japan and soon other countries around the world recognize that UWB opens a new realm of possibilities in wireless communications, with features that will improve people's lives and hold enormous economic opportunity for the world market. We look forward to continuing to work closely with these regulatory bodies to make UWB a widely accepted international standard, and with our Japanese customers and partners to ensure their commercial UWB success."

Staccato's products are compliant with WiMedia's UWB common radio platform. WiMedia/MBOA anticipated geographic-specific regulatory requirements from its inception, with flexibility built into the specification. Staccato's Ripcord™ single-chip CMOS product will readily adapt to the newly announced Japanese requirements and will allow for Ministry-compliant product shipments in Japan in 2006.

"This is a very positive development for Certified Wireless USB and we look forward to Japan's UWB policy being finalized in the near future. We believe that products based on the Certified Wireless USB and WiMedia Alliance specifications are well positioned to meet Japan's requirements, and we hope the Japanese Ministry's ruling will have a positive impact on other countries as they evaluate their UWB spectrum allocations," said Jeff Ravencraft, chairman and president of the USB Implementers Forum and Intel technology strategist.

The Japanese Ministry's UWB communications unlicensed spectrum allocation is initially between 3.4-4.8GHz and between 7.25-10.25GHz for indoor devices. The allocation requires the implementation of Detection and Avoidance (DAA) for the 3.4-4.8GHz band to ensure coexistence with incumbent systems and new services such as 4G and no DAA for the higher band (7.25-10.25GHz). The emission limits from 3.4-4.75GHz and from 7.25-10.25GHz is -41.3dBm/MHz, and is the same as what the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled.

About Staccato Communications

Staccato Communications, based in San Diego, Calif., is an Ultrawideband (UWB) technology pioneer with applications expertise in Certified Wireless USB, Bluetooth and Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity. The fabless semiconductor company serves the mobile phone, personal computing and consumer electronics industries with small form factor single-chip, all-CMOS wireless system-in-packages (SiP). Staccato's offerings include PHY, MAC, drivers, application software, development kits and reference designs. Founded by wireless industry veterans who have delivered highly successful solutions for mobile phones, Bluetooth and WiFi, Staccato is now leveraging that expertise for UWB-based applications. For more information, please visit

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