The newly dubbed Wireless Systems Design Conference and Expo has expanded to systems-level wireless issues. As the Wireless/Portable Symposium, the annual event was known as a cell-phone show. But this year's eight technical tracks range from Bluetooth/Short-Range Communications to Wireless Modeling/Test & Measurement to Wireless Networking. Six full-day workshops also are on the agenda.
The technical sessions include some thought-provoking presentations. For example, the paper "Does Voice Over RF Transmission Using Low-Cost Devices In The 900-MHz ISM Band Make Sense?" takes a critical look at how RF transmissions might compete with those of Bluetooth signals. "Is Broadband Wireless Ready For Prime Time?" suggests that the home-access technology has not lived up to expectations.
The show will run Feb. 25-28 at the San Jose Convention Center, Calif. For details, go to www.wirelesssystems2002.com.