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IrDA Creates a New Working Group to Accomplish 5 and 10 Gigabit Optical Wireless Communications


Walnut Creek, CA - December 15, 2011 - The Infrared Data Association® (IrDA®) announced the creation of a new Working Group (WG) to meet the demand of multi-gigabit per second communication speeds. This WG's focus is to extend the 1 Giga-IR specification which was internationally adopted in 2009 and to achieve both 5 and 10 Gigabit per second optical wireless communications by using IEC eye-safety compliant lasers. A preliminary specification is scheduled for spring of 2012 and final release is expected by the end of 2012 to meet the demand of replacing high speed cable connections such as USB-3.0 and HDMI. Leaders of the WG include TriLumina from U.S, Fraunhofer IPMS from Germany, Rohm, KDDI, E-Globaledge, and Waseda University from Japn.

There is a shift underway in usage models for consumer electronics. We see smarter portable devices replacing conventional computers and laptops. Consumers want faster access to larger data files and powerful peripherals and they strongly prefer wireless solutions. The emergence of high speed cable interfaces such as USB 3.0®, and HMDI ® has set expectations for comparable high speed wireless connectivity.” , according to Mr. Tomonori Yazaki, the chairperson of Giga-IR Special Interest Group of IrDA. Using a light source for communication is a growing trend in cable connection replacing limited cooper wire to much faster optical fiber. While many wireless solutions are available in the current market, most of them are based on RF technology and unable to meet the high data rate as physical cable connection. This optical wireless communications will enable these high data rates in the wireless communication arena.

IrDA technology kept its popularity in Japan, ranked as 3rd in "must-have" features for Japanese cell phones. With this new development, consumers can freely exchange not only phone numbers, addresses, and pictures but also movies, and music files with the ease of a single operation. The Work Group will initially be focusing on short distance application such as docking, and will later expand on longer distances for one-to-many and one-to-one communication.

About IrDA

IrDA (www.irda.org) is an International Organization formed in 1993 and is dedicated to creating global, interoperable, low-cost infrared technology. More than 30 specifications were standardized by IrDA and more than 1 billion devices implemented by portable phones, printers and televisions. Many users are also familiar with IrDA technology as “Infrared” or “IrSimple".

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