05/10/2006

Wibree, the next generation of PAN

Nokia is trying to introduce a new low power wireless networking standard called Wibree (WiFi, Bluetooth and Zigbee). It will support up to 1Mb/s.

WiFi supports much higher data rates, but is expensive in terms of power consumption, Bluetooth can now support higher rates but is limited and ZigBee supports large networks, but at low data rates (but using extremely low power).

ZigBee actually makes a lot of sense since it's self configuring and allows devices to go to sleep when not used.

The new standard seems to combine the best of all the technologies, which should allow in-home personal networking to be easy to use.

Nokia have set-up a Wibree with more information.
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