Considerable research was done using the Internet. Information from various Web sites was studied and analyzed; evaluation of publicly available marketing and technical publications was conducted. Telephone conversations and interviews were held with industry analysts, technical experts and executives. The overriding objective throughout the work has been to provide valid and relevant information. This has led to a continual review and update of the information content.
“Progress in Short-range Wireless Communications Developments” is written for technical and marketing staff involved in the developing of short-reach and ultra-short-reach communications markets and applications. It addresses these technologies applications and marketing features.
For systems vendors, integrators and others, the report provides an analysis and assessment of competing products currently available as well as an estimation of the overall opportunities in the coming years. The end users can gain a more thorough understanding of products’ market and capabilities as well as the economics of integration close proximity communications with other technologies to improve operational efficiency.
This report reflects the progress in the development of short-range radio (with maximum transmission distance of 30-100 feet) and ultra-short-range communications devices (with maximum transmission distance of – 5-10 centimeters). The report updates and revises Practel reports issued in 2008-2012.
In particular, the following technologies and related markets were addressed:
Near Field Communications
The report emphasizes one of the important technological trends: advanced manufacturing methods and microminiaturization allow the creation of multimodal devices. Such devices implement several technologies on one chipset, which effectively integrates common elements serving different radios. The report also shows the role of ultra-short-range communications: used as an independent technique or together with short-range radios.
The report contains a detailed survey of WPAN/WLAN equipment vendors specializing in the production of the discussed communications equipment.