By Brent Dietz, Qorvo
Thanks to Verizon’s 5G marketing campaigns, there’s a boatload of confusion about what ultra-wideband (UWB) is and why it matters. Those of us fortunate enough to work around UWB technology and products would never confuse it for a 5G data plan, but let’s quickly bust a few UWB myths for everyone else.
UWB is not:
- Texas A&M’s 400+ member Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, which is wide enough to span the entire length of a football field.
- A white belt worn during the 1970s to complement white shoes and a silk shirt — it’s not ultra-whiteband.
- A description of my midriff following a glutenous holiday season.
Now, a little more about what UWB is:
- Extremely accurate at measuring distances: to within a few centimeters.
- Precise over a greater range than Bluetooth or NFC: as much as 200 meters.
- Low latency: uses fast 2 ns pulses to reach 10s of Mbps data rates.
- Coming soon to a smartphone near you.