Ultra-Wideband: On the Ropes

WiQuest's failure and Intel's abandonment of the UWB market demonstrate the perils of venture investing in new chip technologies

Five years ago, the promise of a new networking technology known as ultra-wideband was a living room without wires, where DVD players, set-top boxes, and video accessories could connect with TVs over the air. Ultra-wideband (UWB) is a wireless personal area networking technology that can transmit large amounts of data over short distances using little power. Over time, its promise expanded from the living room to the home office, as backers used ultra-wideband as the basis for Wireless USB standard.

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