Motorola Inc [MOT] plans to buy the assets of XtremeSpectrum Inc, a pioneer of ultra-wideband solutions for multimedia connectivity. Motorola is an existing backer of the company.
The acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions and approvals, but is expected to close within a week.
Virginia-based XtremeSpectrum was founded in November 1998 and employs 67 people. It has received approximately $42 million in previous funding from investors and venture capital firms.
Ultra-wideband UWB is an emerging standard that is potentially capable of transmitting high-definition video between home-entertainment devices, such as set-top boxes, digital displays, camcorders, DVD players, digital video recorders, and digital cameras. At the moment, there are two camps, each backing a differing version of UWB, which is also known as 802.15.3.
The Motorola and XtremeSpectrum camp offers an approach to UWB, based on a variation of CDMA. The solution is an ultra wideband impulse radio that is designed to simultaneously provide high data rates, low power, low cost and low complexity.
Motorola plans to work closely with customers to embed the technology into an array of consumer products for demonstration by the end of this year.
Facing Motorola and XtremeSpectrum is a powerful coalition that includes Intel Corp [INTC] and Texas Instruments Inc [TXN]. This coalition is prompting a different technology as a basis for UWB.
This article was based on material originally published by ComputerWire.