Santa Clara, January 25th, 2006
- MindTree Consulting, a leading provider of Bluetooth Intellectual Properties (IPs) and solutions, today announced its basket of Ultrawideband (UWB) building blocks for license to leading global short range wireless silicon vendors. This is further to the announcement in Q2 2005 where the company had declared its UWB development program to the world.
MindTree’s UWB IPs branded as UltraWiz, is based on the WiMedia UWB common radio platform, and will power UWB based consumer electronics and wireless products deliver a maximum throughput of 480 mbps of audio, video and data over the air.
The UltraWiz portfolio would constitute all the digital hardware and firmware components of WiMedia-based UWB and certified wireless USB, and includes:
- UltraWiz PHY (digital hardware part of the UWB physical layer)
- UltraWiz MAC (hardware and firmware combined medium access layer)
- UltraWiz UTEST (integrated test development and execution environment for MAC/PHY)
- UltraWiz UPAL (certified wireless USB protocol adaptation layer)
The UltraWiz UTEST is an integrated test development and test execution environment for UWB MAC interoperability and functionality testing. It can be used as a powerful debug tool during WiMedia-based UWB MAC development and also as a verification tool for exchange of primitives between MAC and the higher layers.
MindTree Executive Vice-President & CTO of R&D Services, Vinod Deshmukh said, “We will integrate and test the UltraWiz suite on an FPGA based evaluation board, thus enabling a credible demonstrator for our customers and partners”. He added, “The UltraWiz PHY & MAC are at the alpha stage, and beta testing on some blocks has already begun. UltraWiz would be ready for evaluation beginning Q2 2006 and this period will also see completion of all validation on the FPGA board.”
“The need for high transfer rates of multimedia data is driving UWB as the logical choice into applications like a wireless home theatre setup or a wireless printing or projection scenario. We will build on our Bluetooth leadership and investment in the short range wireless domain, leveraging the depth of knowledge, market awareness and rigorous engineering approach, to deliver world class, robust and re-usable UWB building blocks,” said S. Janakiraman, MindTree President and CEO, R&D Services. “We have received tremendous interest in our UWB program from global silicon vendors till date. We will now endeavor to realize products based on our feature rich UltraWiz platform for our customers and partners.”
MindTree Research focuses on building MindTree’s competence in the short range wireless technology domain with a view to create licensable building blocks that help customers achieve cost and time-to-market benefits. Incubated within MindTree as a core body of engineers and technologists in year 2000, MindTree Research has invested over 300 person years in Bluetooth technology. It offers one of the most complete suites of Bluetooth-based solutions in the industry, which includes the EtherMind™ 2.0 Upper Layer Stack and Profiles, and the BlueWiz™ 2.0 ready Baseband Controller.
MindTree Research is part of MindTree’s R&D Services business which combines expertise in semiconductor IP, hardware and software to offer complete product realization services. MindTree addresses the needs of the Communication, Wireless, Industrial Automation and Consumer Appliances industries to create their next generation products backed by strong domain expertise in ASIC / SoC Design, IP development, board, system and embedded software development. About MindTree
MindTree Consulting is an international IT company that delivers affordable business and technology solutions through global software development. Co-headquartered in Somerset, NJ and Bangalore, India, the company approaches technology initiatives in a business context, with the industry knowledge of a seasoned management team and employees exceptionally skilled in technology, business analysis and project management. MindTree Consulting develops applications to help companies enhance their enterprise operations. The company also delivers R&D services and designs re-usable building blocks for hi-tech companies. MindTree is the world's youngest company to be assessed at Level 5 in both CMMi and P-CMM. MindTree has been ranked among the top five Great Places to Work in 2004 in a study conducted by Grow Talent Company and Businessworld. MindTree has also been rated as one of the Best Employers in India for the second consecutive year in 2004 by Hewitt Associates. Please visit www.mindtree.com
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