Home > Hardware > A house divided: UWB’s double standards A house divided: UWB’s double standards Eugenia Loli 2005-01-27 Hardware 6 Comments What happens when two coalitions within a standard come into conflict, and it doesn’t get resolved quickly? The ultrawideband technology standard shows you. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 6 Comments 2005-01-27 7:43 pm i just hope, in the end, the industry agrees on *one* standard. i really don’t want yet another repeat of the DVD-/+R and the forthcoming HD-DVD/Blu-ray shit. this is really getting frustrating for consumers. why can’t companies just work together on standards that they all stand to profit from?! 2005-01-27 8:03 pm The software industry have their “patents” the hardware industry compete for standards and specs (and their own flavor of patents as well). There’s a small relation between the two, but the end user suffer much the same. 2005-01-27 8:26 pm Thus is the reason I still have not bought a DVD burner and will wait, probable a few years, on the new DVD format. Waiting to see who comes out on top… They shoot themselves in the foot with this stuff. I imagine I am not the only who takes “wait till they sort this S$%T out” before I will buy it… 2005-01-27 8:45 pm I found the references to UWB being used to develop 3d radar that can see through walls more interesting. 2005-01-28 1:36 am The LG Electronics DVD burners support all five formats: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM. Then just buy whatever discs you want. BTW, the same thing is a problem with the CDRW market – there are two competing standards and there are hardware compatibility issues between them, so much so that you can damage your drive by using the wrong sort of disc. Lots of fun there. So my advice: use DVD-RAM for backups and DVD-R for write-once work. Damien 2005-01-28 4:34 am “this is really getting frustrating for consumers. why can’t companies just work together on standards that they all stand to profit from?!” Yes, it is frustrating!! That’s why I have yet to buy a DVD burner. Yes, all companies can profit but if their standards wins, then they can profit more via licenses, selling chips or whatever.