The IrDA Insider www.irda.org October 25, 2002 We have a new name for the Member Newsletter. The staff unanimously selected “IrDA Insider” as both tantalizing and newsworthy for those who really want to be “in the know” about what is happening within IrDA. The focus of this newsletter is on the recently concluded General Meeting Held in Seoul, Korea on October 14 and 15. Several important votes were taken regarding IrFM, a new UFIR SIG was formed and informative presentations and updates on various IrDA initiatives were given. All member attendees and guests were treated to an excellent tour of the giant COEX Center Mall, featuring the Harex InfoTech ZOOP System enabling “Point and Pay” transactions demonstrated at such diverse retail establishments as TGI Friday, T.B.J. Jeans, the Body Shop, Holly’s Coffee and Starbucks, plus an ATM machine at Chohung Bank. Also included is a report on the IrDA Pavilion at the World PC Expo Big-Site in Tokyo from October 16 – 19. Association Goals: -- Develop and promote global industry standards for IrDA technology. -- Build strong global partnerships to further drive technology advancement, and create deployment opportunities. -- Increase end-user awareness, and adoption. -- Maximize the best strategies and techniques for members to reach customers across multiple channels. Message from the Executive Director: The Korean experience was remarkable in many respects. The turnout for the meeting from Japan and Singapore was a terrific showing of support for the first IrDA meeting in Seoul, Korea. The General Meeting was sponsored by Harex InfoTech and the National Computer Association (NCA) of Korea, Link Evolution of Japan and Optical Antenna Solutions of United Kingdom. During the meeting critical directional votes were unanimously approved by members and the Board of Directors. The approved specifications included: 1. The IrFM Qualification Test Specification which must be carried out by IrDA approved test sites in order to promote the adoption of interoperable IrFM technologies and affirm the compliance between industry players. 2. The addition of IrFM Express Payment, proposed by Harex InfoTech, and Voucher support, proposed by NTT and Harex, in the upcoming release of the official IrFM Version 1.0 Specification. 3. The proposed changes to IrDA’s Object Exchange (OBEX) Specifications required to support the IrFM Specification. After these votes were taken, the IrFMTechnical Work Group, currently led by Nick Epperson of Harex InfoTech with primary contributors from NTT, Extended Systems, VivoTech and Visa International have decided to expedite the completion of the IrFM Standard Specifications by incorporating the approved use cases and protocol definitions for Express Payment and Vouchers into the existing 0.91 version of IrFM. The updated and completed work will result in an official public release of Version 1.0 in November of this year. The final approved version of the IrFM Test and Interoperability Specifications, to be administered by authorized IrDA test sites for official qualification of IrFM devices or systems, will follow soon thereafter. A second highlight of the General Meeting was a tour of the COEX Mall, led by Harex InfoTech, in which numerous forms of transactions using the ZOOP System of proximity payments were demonstrated for members. Through this demonstration of real payments in action coupled with announcements of their other activities outside of Korea, Harex has clearly emerged as the global leader in advancing the cause of the IrFM Proximity Payment Standard. Harex has already commercialized its ZOOP service in Korea, and is working on IrFM implementations in Korea through its partnership with Visa International on a field trial at the Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul. Harex International announced major activity in other global locations as well, such as the University of Southern California, Cambridge University and Japan. IrDA is a sponsor of the ZOOP USC trial, along with other strategic partners, such as the Financial Technology Consortium (FSTC), CrossCheck, Handspring and Cingular Wireless. The good news coming from our organization’s experience in Korea is that the amount of activity and interest in the IrFM concept by major Telco’s, credit card companies, financial institutions, transaction processors, the Korean Government and the press is absolutely stunning. The bad news is that there is also controversy about whether it is actually IrDA or some other group of companies that lead the development of the IrFM global payment standard. In a press conference held at the conclusion of the General Meeting, I stated unequivocally that IrDA has been leading the global development of IrFM for the past 3 years…that the IrFM Standard is based upon IrDA owned and copyrighted technology…and that IrFM is an open standard, for all companies that are engaging in proximity payments anywhere in the world, to use in order to insure global interoperability. IrDA members ActiSYS, Agilent, CrossCheck, C-Sam, Extended Systems, Harex InfoTech, Hewlett Packard, In2M, Ingenico, Link Evolution, Motorola, Novalog, NTT, NTT Communications, NTT DoCoMo, Palm, Personal Solutions, Sharp, Systek Labs, Verifone, Visa International, Vishay, VivoTech, Zilog and individual member Dave Suvak, have contributed untold hours and financial support over the past 3 years to make IrFM “Point and Pay” a reality. However, following the official release of the Specification, our work in maintaining the integrity of the Specification will just be starting. In order for the concept of global interoperability to succeed, we must work with and through our member companies to guard against proprietary payment systems corrupting the open IrFM Standard. We must also offer member companies the opportunity to promote IrFM in major financial, retail and consumer forums globally in 2003. We will start by sponsoring an IrDA Pavilion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January. SIG Updates: • IrFM: (Ron Brown, Chair) As the finishing touches are being applied to the official version 1.0 IrFM Standard Specification soon to be released, the members were provided with an overview of the marketing work undertaken for the past 3 years in order to make “Point and Pay” an international standard. Damon Gonzalez reported on the field trial that Harex InfoTech is leading at the University of Southern California (USC) in the U.S. (See Current Member Announcements). He also outlined upcoming IrFM trials at the Cambridge University in the U.K., in Europe and soon to be announced in Japan. • Technical Committee: (Lichen Wang, ActiSYS, Chair; Wee-Sin Tan, Agilent Physical Layer CoChiar and Gontarou Kitazumi, Link Evolution, Protocol CoChair) Nick Epperson, Chair of the IrFM Technical Work Group, presented an update. Of particular note is the slide from the presentation, which clearly shows the various physical components comprising the IrFM Standard, while differentiating the application protocol, such as the Visa International Profile Specification. • IrBurst: (Hiromasa Kawamura, NTT and Mitsuji Matsumoto, Waseda University CoChairs) An update report was given in a simple and fast transmission scheme between information infrastructure and mobile equipment. Target services are contents streaming, contents downloading /uploading used “Content streaming” framework. Target equipment is a mobile device like PDA, MP3 player, etc. in conjunction with a content delivery service terminal. • A new SIG was proposed by Mr. Kawamura of NTT and Mr. Kawanishi of Sharp, in order to move to an ultra fast version of IrDA transmission (up to 500 Mbps). Formation of the new SIG received unanimous approval from the members. Board of Director Meeting: The Board of Directors, chaired by IrDA President Mike Watson, unanimously approved the three action items described in the Executive Director’s Message. IrDA marketing plans were discussed at length. Ron Brown reported on the financial condition of the association. He also stated that the IrDA Staff intends to devote major effort toward better supporting members in Asia and Europe in the year 2003. The board was also informed of the existing conflicts regarding IrFM in Korea. The consensus was for all parties to work as hard as possible to obtain a positive solution. Alliances and Partnerships: IrFM SIG leaders have reached out to other standards organization to enlist their participation and support for applications where standards and universal interoperability are requirements. • Association for Retail Transaction Standards (ARTS) and IrDA has exchanged memberships. ARTS is developing an international standard for Digital Receipts which will be incorporated in the IrFM standard. • Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC), whose membership includes the largest U.S. commercial banks, large international banks and the largest U.S. credit card associations, and IrDA have created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding global payment standards. • PayCircle, a not for profit consortium founded by CSG Systems, HP, Logica, Lucent, Oracle, SIEMENS and Sun Microsystems recently executed a liaison agreement with IrDA. PayCircle is working on back end processing payment standards. • CALM ISO Group and IrDA member EFKON (Raimund Pammer, IrDA Travel Mobility SIG Chair) are working with Daimler Chrysler on implementing IrDA based tollbooth collections and car-to-car communications in Europe. ISO Calm and IrDA have a liaison agreement. Leadership Speaking Engagements: • October 4, 2002: IrDA Marketing Chairman Mr. Ernie Abeytia CEO of Novalog, Ron Brown, Executive Director of IrDA and the Senior Vice President of Palm Corporation were interviewed for an upcoming segment of Alexander Haig’s World Business Review. • October 14, 2002: IrDA Members, Leaders and Staff Interviewed by iNews (Equivalent to NBC News) at Coex mall, Seoul Korea • October 15, 2002: IrDA Leadership, Ron Brown Executive Director and IrDA President Mike Watson of Harex participated in a press conference at the Mobile Payments World Conference in Seoul Korea. • October 15, 2002: Mobile Payment World Conference and Exhibition 2002. Mike Watson Presented IrFM current status and future plans. • October 22, 2002: International Telemetering Conference, San Diego, CA US. Nick Epperson of Harex is representing IrDA on a Blue ribbon panel before and audience of over one thousand people from industry and academia. • October 24, 2002: Financial Services Technology Consortium General Meting, Alexandria, VA, USA. FSTC Initiatives/Developments in Electronic Payments. Damon Gonzalez, Harex InfoTech, Inc. delivered IrFM overview, progress report on the USC Trial, and a project update on the FSTC Wireless Proximity Payment Project. Calendar of Events: • October 21-24, 2002: International Telemetering Conference, San Diego, USA • November 18 – 22nd Optical Antenna Solutions will be exhibiting at Comdex and IrDA staff will be in the booth with them IrDA members are invited to co-exhibit in the booth or certainly stop by. • January 9-12, 2003: CES - Las Vegas, NV, USA • February 2002, IrDA General Meetings Bay Area USA • June 2003 Planned Conference at Cambridge University in the U.K. • September 2003 IrDA Meetings to be held in the United Kingdom. Market Report 2003 Announcement: • The 2003 issue of the IrDA Market Report will be available January 2003. An announcement will be made on the members’ reflector. The report will be more comprehensive and will include projected market statistics on the IrFM sector. IrDA Marketing Committee Meeting: October 14, 2002 Seoul, Korea An IrDA Marketing Committee meeting was held during the IrDA General meetings. Presentations given by IrDA Marketing Chair, Ernest Abeytia are posted on the FTP site for your review. If you need the passcode to the site contact: email@example.com. Pavilion at World PC Expo, Tokyo, Japan World PC was an explosion of exciting demonstrations, mesmerized crowds and excited exhibitors! The IrDA Pavilion, sponsored by Agilent, Open Interface, and Link Evolution was highly visible and in close proximity to KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, NTT Communications, NEC and Casio. The custom designed pavilion featured a stage for presentations for exhibitors and included a large flat screen monitor with continuous videos featuring IrDA products. Highlights in our both included Agilent demonstrating an IPAQ which functioned as a remote controller for home appliances such as the TV, lighting, etc., Link Evolution and its IrStick and Open Interface demonstrated their testing applications. NTT DoCoMo’s booth which was directly across the aisle from IrDA, displayed exciting IrDA applications demos including a speedy payment transactions via the 504i and a Coca-Cola vending machine called Cmode, downloading melodies to sing Karaoke called Melo-DAM and i-navi Link to connect your car navigation system to i- mode. Within a few quick seconds customers were able to select, pay for and receive a cold can of Coke, sing a song or find a restaurant. The local TV station tape a spot of the Coke machine demo which attracted sizeable crowds and presented a bit of competition for some very flashy performers in other booths nearby. Marketing Opportunities for Members: Post your products on www.irda.org. The site has a database of products accessible by the public, and about 50,000 visits are made every month to the site. To list your products, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions and a password. Consumer Electronics Show Confirm your participation in the IrDA Pavilion at CES! January 9-12, 2003 - Las Vegas, NV, USA. All companies interested in exhibiting need to contact Rebecca Murray email@example.com. Deadline to sign-up is November 25th, 2002. For $5,300 members will participate in a complete turnkey exhibit package and customized IrDA Pavilion. Benefits include all set up and take down services, electricity, Company and Association signage, open exhibit modules, and media support. Member Press Announcements: Articles/Press Releases are forwarded to members and posted on http://www.irda.org/news/press_members.asp IrFM specific news is posted at http://www.irda.org/FMPAY/FM_News.html. Got an article or press release to post? Email firstname.lastname@example.org Harex InfoTech, Inc. to Provide Wireless Mobile Payments at the University of Southern California. (Project Team to include, Cingular Wireless, Handspring, Inc., USC Bookstore, and USC CU). October 24, 2002, San Jose, CA, Harex InfoTech, Inc., the leading provider of proximity payment solutions, will be leading a project to enable Infrared Financial Messaging (IrFM) wireless payments on the University of Southern California campus in conjunction with other participants including Cingular Wireless and Handspring, Inc. The project, known as the ZOOP Universal Mobile Payments Service (UMPS), is jointly sponsored by Harex InfoTech, Inc. and the University of Southern Californiaʹs (USC) Marshall School of Business and is planned to commence in early November. Under this revolutionary program, students and faculty at USC will use standard Handspring Treo communicators equipped with a ZOOP payment application, Cingular Wireless service and a virtual credit card issued by the USC Credit Union to make payments at infrared-enabled point of sale sites….http://www.irda.org/news/Harex_Cingular.pdf Nokia Introduces the World’s First Handset for WCDMA and GSM Networks. September 2002, Nokia today announced the world’s first 3GPP Third Generation Partnership Project compliant mobile phone operating both in the GSM 900/1800 frequencies and on the WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) protocol. One of the benefits of the WCDMA radio interface in the Nokia 6650 phone is it allows running more than one data session simultaneously. This makes it possible, for example, to capture and share what the user sees whilst talking on the phone. The dual-mode functionality makes the Nokia 6650 phone the world’s first GSM/WCDMA handset to work in Europe and Asia including Japan. …The Nokia 6650 phone also includes a WAP 1.2.1 browser supported by GPRS, MIDP Java 1.0 technology for downloading additional applications to the phone, support for polyphonic ring tones, wallet application for mobile transactions and excellent data connectivity possibilities via USB, Bluetooth and infrared. The WCDMA bandwith support in the new phone provides mobile professionals with data connectivity from the laptop at significantly greater speeds than with ordinary landline modem….http://press.nokia.com/PR/200209/874947_5.html Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry’s First Infrared Transceiver to Combine IrDA with Remote Control Capability. New transceiver enables consumers to use PDAs and mobile phones to control home entertainment systems, ʺpoint and payʺ financial transactions. PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 16, 2002 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the industryʹs first infrared (IR) transceiver to combine IrDA (Infrared Data Association) compatibility with infrared remote control operation. The release of the Agilent HSDL-3002 allows manufacturers to enable consumers to use handheld PDAs and mobile phones to activate and control, at a distance of up to 6 meters, consumer appliances such as home entertainment systems, DVD players and almost anything else using an infrared remote control. The new IR transceiver also offers an extended IrDA short-range link distance of up to 50 cm as opposed to the standard IrDA low power specification of 20 cm to 30 cm. This allows the PDA or phone to transfer data, such as ʺpoint and payʺ infrared financial management (IrFM) transactions, business cards, messages or files, over an increased, more convenient, distance…http://www.irda.org/news/Agilent_IR.pdf Harex InfoTech, Inc. Adapting Handspring Treo for Its Wireless Mobile Payments Trial at the University of Southern California. September 2002, San Jose, California. Harex InfoTech, Inc., the leading provider of proximity payment solutions, announced an initiative to use Handspring Treo 180 and 270 communicators in its project to enable Infrared Financial Messaging (IrFM) ireless payments on the University of Southern California campus. The project, known as the ZOOP Universal Mobile Payments Service (UMPS), is jointly sponsored by Harex InfoTech, Inc. and the University of Southern Californiaʹs (USC) Marshall School of Business. Under this revolutionary program, students and faculty at USC will use standard Handspring Treo communicators equipped with a ZOOP payment application, Cingular Wireless service and a virtual credit card issued by the USC Federal Credit Union to make payments at infrared-enabled Point of Sale sites...http://www.irda.org/news/Harex_Handspring.pdf Harex InfoTech and CrossCheck, Inc. Work together to Enable Wireless Payments at the University of Southern California. September 2002, San Jose, California. Harex InfoTech, Inc., the leading provider of infrared-based proximity payment solutions, announced the participation of CrossCheck, Inc., a financial services company, in its project to enable Infrared Financial Messaging (IrFM) wireless payments on the University of Southern California campus. The project, known as the ZOOP Universal Mobile Payments Service (UMPS), is jointly sponsored by Harex InfoTech, Inc. and the University of Southern California’s (USC) Marshall School of Business…http://www.irda.org/news/in_the_news.asp Harex InfoTech and Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) Announce Call for Participation in Wireless Mobile Payments Trial. September 2002, San Jose, California Harex InfoTech, Inc., the leading provider of proximity payment solutions, and Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) jointly announced a call for participation for the Wireless Mobile Payments Trial (WMPT). FSTC has authorized a project initiative by its member financial institutions and technology companies to participate in University of Southern California (USC) and Harex InfoTech’s Mobile Wireless Payments Trial. The campus trial will develop a live commercial environment in which infrared-based handheld payment devices and infrared-adapted Point of Sale terminals will be deployed for purchase transactions...http://www.irda.org/news/in_the_news.asp Agilent Technologies Introduces Industryʹs First STC Infrared Transceiver for Next-Generation Ultra- Slim Cellular Handsets and PDAs Serial Transceiver Control Simplifies Design Efforts, Reduces Time to Market Palo Alto, CA. Aug. 5, 2002 Agilent Technologies announced the Agilent HSDL-3210, the industryʹs first infrared (IR) transceiver that supports the IrDA Serial Transceiver Control (STC) bus used in ultra-slim cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). The STC provides a common pin layout interface that enables portable-product designers to add new features using fewer pins and accommodate frequent design changes. The new transceiver is expected to simplify design efforts and reduce time to market…http://www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/presrel/2002/05aug2002a.html ObexCode Develops IrDA Solution for Linux PDAs. August 16, 2002 ObexCode AS, A company that provides software solutions based on the IrDA standards, announced today that they have developed a commercial software solution targeted for Linux PDAs…. The Proxima Beamer includes all device drivers within the application itself, and no kernel modules are necessary in order to use either serial or USB based dongles. The Proxima Beamer also supports FIR (4Mbps) speed for all USB dongles. The Proxima Beamer is the only Linux application that supports Sigmatel based IrDA-USB dongles. http://www.obexcode.com/modules.php?name=Sections&sop=viewarticle&artid=10 Extended Systems Enables Wireless Payment with release of Infrared Financial Messaging SDK. BOISE, Idaho—(August 6, 2002)—Extended Systems (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading provider of mobile data management and wireless connectivity solutions, announced today the availability of XTNDAccess IrFM SDK. XTNDAccess IrFM SDK is a complete software development kit that provides mobile device manufacturers and point-of-sale vendors with the necessary source code, application programmer interfaces (APIs), sample applications and documentation to implement the IrFM Point and Pay Profile quickly and easily. The IrFM Point and Pay Profile—a recently released specification from the Infrared Data Association (IrDA)—enables users to perform wireless... http://www.extendedsystems.com/ESI/Company+Info/News+- +Events/PressDetail.htm?newsID=20020806 Zilog announced on August 5, 2002 SAN JOSE, Calif.--the introduction of its second product in its high- performance eZ80(TM) microprocessor family. The eZ80(TM) Web server-i (eZ80L92) enables easy, cost- effective, direct connections to networks and the Internet with embedded TCP/IP and IrDA software… Http://www.irda.org/news/pubs/Zilog_PR.pdf Sharp Microelectronics Introduces Newest IrDA Modules for Handheld and Mobile Markets. SHARP’s new IrDA devices capitalize on evolutionary advancements in size, power and data rate transfer for next- generation wireless devices. CAMAS, WASH. – July 25, 2002 - Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA) announces the availability of six new wireless IrDA modules that address the unique needs of design engineers for smaller footprints, efficient data transfers and low power consumption in next generation mobile and handheld devices. Recognizing the tremendous growth potential in the IrDA market, SHARP has broadened its line of IrDA solutions to allow design engineers at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to incorporate the latest advancements in IrDA into a growing number of consumer and business products… http://www.sharpsma.com/sma/news/072502a WideRay beams data to handhelds Network World, May 27, 2002. SAN FRANCISCO - Wireless server vendor WideRay last week introduced a device that lets users with Pocket PC and Palm OS handhelds access information via the widely installed, but rarely used, infrared interface found on most devices…http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2002/0527infra.html Visa and SKT Launch First Wireless Payment System Using EMV and Infrared. Pilot program to be extended to 30,000 merchants and 2 million handsets by year end Singapore. May 22, 2002 Visa International and SK Telecom (SKT) have signed an agreement to implement wireless payments that incorporate smart cards and infrared technology, in a move to provide consumers with greater convenience to conduct transactions anytime, anywhere using Visa debit or credit payments over mobile phones. Both companies will collaborate to implement an innovative payment solution that integrates two major global specifications from the payments and wireless industries: the EMV (Europay-MasterCard-Visa) global smart card standard and IrFM (Infrared Financial Messaging), the global interoperable standard for infrared transmission. The solution allows Visa cardholders and SKT subscribers to pay for goods and services by beaming an infrared signal securely from the mobile phone to a small infrared receiver located at retail point-of-sale terminals, vending machines, subway stalls, tollgates, buses and other payment locations. The cardholder’s payment details are stored securely on an EMV chip within the handset…http://www.corporate.visa.com/mc/press/press91.html Agilent Technologies Introduces Miniature Infrared Transceiver for Cell Phones, PDAs and Pagers; Miniature Size Proves Ideal for Space-Constrained Handheld Devices . PALO ALTO, Calif., May 15, 2002 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a miniature serial infrared transceiver. The transceiverʹs miniature size is ideal for space-constrained portable information appliances such as GSM and CDMA wireless handsets, smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital cameras and pagers. The Agilent HSDL-3203 offers both short and extended distance capabilities. The transceiver can effectively operate ʺnose to nose,ʺ with two transceivers practically touching, making it ideal for secure data transfer applications by preventing the interception of the infrared signal. The transceiver can also operate at extended distances of up to 50 cm, exceeding the Infrared Data Associationʹs (IrDAʹs) low- power link specification of 20 cm to 30 cm. http://www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/presrel/2002/15may2002c.html Clarinet Systems Infrared technology Beams course information and applications to Harvard Medical School students using Handheld Devices. Fremont, CA. — April 30, 2002 — Harvard Medical School students can now receive course information and other medical applications on their PDAs through Clarinet Systems’ wireless infrared connectivity solution, the EthIR LAN™. EthIR LAN products were recently implemented at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Educational Technology and student computing facilities so that students can download applications and synchronize course information in real time…http://www.clarinetsys.com/site/press-page/PR-page/releases/pressReleases37.htm Visa and Harex InfoTech to Develop Next Generation Mobile Payment Services for Consumers Using Infrared Technology. Singapore, 17 April 2002 - Visa International Asia Pacific has teamed up with Harex InfoTech to bring credit and debit payment services to wireless devices using infrared technology. The two companies have signed an agreement to develop wireless services that will allow consumers to simply beam their financial information from mobile handsets to make payments, based on the Visa Proximity Payment Specifications and the Harex ZOOP Universal Mobile Payment Service (UMPS) platform. Using the method provided for by the Visa Proximity Payment Specifications, Visa card holders will be able to make financial transactions by shooting an infrared beam from devices such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants to a small infrared receiver located at point-of-sale terminals, vending machines, subway stalls, tollgates, buses, and other payment locations. The consumer’s payment information is securely encrypted in the mobile device and can only be activated by a PIN number. For Visa transactions, the technology currently being used by Harex InfoTech will become compliant with Visas Proximity Payment Specification. Both are based on the globally interoperable standard called IrFM Point and Pay Profile Standard recently released by the Infrared Data Association (IrDA). . http://www.mzoop.com/en/ad/news/adNewsReport.html?cMode=view&nNum=10 New Product Announcements: IrDA Product announcements are sent out to the members via the reflectors. Help Us Promote Your Products! Send us your press release for posting on the web site and distribution on the members’ reflectors. Agilent Technologies’ HSDL –3208 is a new generation of Low Power Serial Infrared transceivers (115kbs), packaged in an ultra-small package at 1.6 mm height. This product has an extended link distance up to 50 cm and is fully compliant to IrDA 1.4 Low Power specification (LP IrDA standard only specifies link distance at 20 – 30 cm). This versatile device can also be completely shutdown to achieve very low power consumption. In the shutdown mode the PIN diode will be inactive and thus produce minimal photo current, even under very bright ambient light The HDSL – 3208 transceiver module is ideal for IrFM (Infrared Financial Management) Point and Pay applications and can be easily designed into slim portable devices such as E-wallet, cellular phones, smart phones, and personal data assistants (PDAs). Enabling Smaller, lighter, Secure Handheld Products: www.agilent.com/view/ir Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is presenting their newest developments in IrDA compatible transceivers in a life demonstration on their booth in Hall A5 booth number A5.143. at Electronica in Munich from November 12th to November 15th. Vishay’ s demonstration shows the performance of their latest transceiver that meets the VFIR (16 Mbit/s) specifications, the components are: Transceiver TFDU8108 and VFIR Controller IRM1802. The demo consists of transmitting in real-time a DVD quality film across two Notebooks. The Notebooks used are DELL Latitude. In addition to the real-time video transmission we will also show IrDA compatibility by demonstrating operation with the NOKIA 7650 as well as other gadgets such as Digital cameras and Web Cams. http://www.vishay.com Meet Our Newest Members: National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is a nationally recognized testing laboratory with facilities around the United States. The Computer Testing Division (formerly, XXCAL Testing Laboratories) was formed in 1982 to serve the testing needs of the microcomputer manufacturers and software developers in the areas of quality assurance, programming, compatibility testing and certification, functionality testing, usability testing, test plan development, and documentation. They are one of the oldest and largest independent microcomputer testing company in the industry, and currently provide services to hardware, software and networking companies worldwide. http://www.ntscorp.com Optical Antenna Solutions is composed of a team vastly experienced in developing technology designed to carry any media via light. The team has over 25 years experience in the transportation of high data rates over long distances. Their mission is to provide quality optical data solutions that cover a comprehensive range of markets and benefit the world community as a whole. In partnership with The University of Warwick, they are utilising a new lens technology, which now provides the conditions for an omni-directional and full duplex IRDA world. The company was founded to provide an excellent vehicle to take our new researched technologies to the world market. OAS also has an R&D wing of its own, producing wireless IR technology covering the whole customer wish list: • Longer distances. • Omni-directional ability. • Faster data rates. • To carry voice, video and data simultaneously. • Removing the wiring clutter. Contact: Derick Wilson (email@example.com) Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. They provide JavaTM enabled phones and excellent development tools. http://www.sonyericsson.com. WideRay is an equipment and integrated platform provider focused on the high-speed free-spectrum on-location wireless data services market. WideRay has developed a new single-box architecture for deploying centrally managed, high-speed, low-cost wireless data services in scale, using both infrared and short-range RF for connecting with mobile devices. Wide Ray’s back-end architecture is based on GSM/GPRS for global, always-on support. WideRayʹs novel architecture is embodied in WideRayʹs first hardware product, the Jack Mobile Caching Server. The Jack can communicate and deliver content and applications over infrared to any IrDA-compliant mobile device. www.wideray.com Industry Awards: Congratulations, WideRay! The Industrial Designers Society of America honored WideRay with a 2002 Bronze IDEA award for the Jack Mobile Caching Server in the category of Business and Industrial products. The IDEA awards recognize excellence in design worldwide. With 1,265 entries this year, only 174 winners were selected including just 9 in the Business category. IrDA Web Site: www.irda.org Metrics: In the last year over 700,00 visitors have come to our web site, and 65.33% were from outside the USA. The number of visitors has steadily risen during the year, and last month we had the largest number of visitors, close to 60,000! IrFM Specification Downloads: This spring we posted the IrFM Point and Pay specification on the front page of the web site and we have nearly 1,000 downloads for the specifications from around the globe! The industries interested include: the retail sectors, financial institutions, telecom companies, research labs, Universities, hard- ware, software, semi-conductor companies, consultants, and others. IrDA Branding: In an effort to increase visibility and usage of our trademark, the Marketing Committee has updated our trademark program. A Trademark Usage Guidelines document is now available to describe how we use our trademarks. It distinguishes between the “IrReady” trademark and the Basic Beaming trademark and provides instructions on usage. For more information, click here! 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