Big Names Unite Behind DVB-H
Jan 23, 2006, 1:27 PM by (staff)
Motorola, Nokia, Crown Castle and others have united to form the Mobile DTV Alliance. This union of manufacturers, DTV providers and chip makers will work together to push DVB-H as the standard for mobile TV in North America. Nokia and Crown Castle are already trialing DVB-H in the US, and many other alliance participants have announced plans to bring DVB-H compatible hardware to the States. No US carrier has announced support for DVB-H yet, but it is expected that at least GSM carriers will support the standard. Verizon recently announced they would use a competing technology, Qualcomm's FLO for digital TV.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.
Apple Backs Qi Wireless Charging Standard
Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, according to IHS Technologies and the WPC's own web site. Apple is listed as a backing member of the organization, which is behind the Qi wireless charging standard.
Microsoft Joins Qualcomm-Backed AllSeen Alliance
Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, an effort backed by Qualcomm to provide a standard for connecting the Internet of Things. The alliance already has 50 companies on board, including LG, Panasonic, and Sharp.
Starbucks to Expand Wireless Charging to More Stores
Starbucks is prepared to increase the availability of wireless charging stations at its coffee shops. The company has been trialling the technology in San Francisco and Boston for some time, and has decided to make a broader push first by expanding across the entire Bay Area and then to other regions.
A4WP and PMA to Merge Wireless Power Businesses
The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance today announced plans to fully merge the two entities into a single organization. The two groups created separate, competing wireless charging standards until February 2014, when they agreed to work tougher on a compatible standard.
hurry up cingular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hopefully this also opens up the market for dvb-tv from cellular carriers like overseas also.