IEEE 802.15.3a Wireless Personal Area Networks – The MBOA Approach

Conference: European Wireless 2005 - 11th European Wireless Conference 2005 - Next Generation wireless and Mobile Communications and Services
04/10/2006 - 04/13/2005 at Nicosia, Cyprus

Proceedings: European Wireless 2005

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Hiertz, Guido R.; Zang, Yunpeng (Chair of Communication Networks, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany)
Habetha, Jörg; Sirin, Hamza (Philips Research Aachen, 52066 Aachen, Germany)

A new generation of Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs) aims at high data rates of several hundred Mb/s. Based on Ultrawideband (UWB) technology theses WPANs make use of a decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which decided to allow low power emissions in the spectrum from 3 to 10GHz. Among direct sequence spread spectrum proposals the IEEE 802.15.3a Task Group (TG) received an OFDM based proposal from the Multi Band OFDM Alliance (MBOA). Unlike competing technologies, the MBOA approach provides both, a new Physical Layer (PHY) proposal and a new, decentralized Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol, which differs from the legacy IEEE 802.15.3 MAC. In this paper we give technical description of the new MBOA MAC and PHY layer and provide insight to their performance by means of simulation.