Electronista reports Intel has cancelled its five-year old internal development of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology last month as it figured out it would be cheaper to use parts from other firms than to develop its own.
The cancellation of this project and the bankruptcy of WiQuest means we'll probably see very little off the Wireless USB standard:
"It was a typical make-versus-buy decision," says Intel technology strategist Stephen Wood. However, the move comes as key third-party UWB booster WiQuest was forced to shut down on Friday and reduced Intel's options for third-party equipment.
Intel's shift away from UWB casts doubts on the future of wireless peripheral standards such as Wireless USB, which depend on UWB to provide performance closer to wired USB at distances as far as 30 feet. To date, the short-range standard has had relatively little support in the industry that has chiefly been limited to notebooks from a few manufacturers, such as Dell and Lenovo, as well as Wireless USB adapters and hubs from accessory makers like Belkin.