WiMedia Alliance, Pusher of UWB, to Disband
The WiMedia Alliance has announced that it is selling off pieces of its organization to other groups that promote ultrawideband technology and will close its doors. UWB is a personal area networking technology meant to deliver wireless data transfers between electronic devices in close proximity at speeds up to 480Mbps. UWB has failed to become widely adopted, but the WiMedia Alliance served its purpose in that it helped push through the standards for the technology. The Wireless USB Implementers Forum and the Bluetooth SIG will take over different pieces of WiMedia's technology, though neither organization has said exactly what will become of Wimedia's UWB technology. The Wireless USB Implementers Forum is working to further develop wireless USB technology, and the Bluetooth SIG is working to finalize Bluetooth 3.0, due later this year.
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.
Bluetooth 5 Released By Bluetooth SIG
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the core Bluetooth 5 specification. Bluetooth 5 was first announced earlier this year and is now available in final form to technology companies.
FIDO to Let Smartphones Act As Authentication Keys
The Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance and Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced plans to make it possible for smartphones to serve as digital keys in two-factor authentication. FIDO plans to contribute Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication specifications over Bluetooth Smart.