Technology Applications Panel

PANEL 2: UWB - Applications and Implications

Mark Bowles

Founder, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing
Staccato Communications, Inc.


Mr. Bowles has more than 16 years in the semiconductor industry and most recently was co-founder, president, COO and director of BOPS, Inc., a broadband DSP cores and tools company. While at BOPS, he built and led the business planning, fundraising, operations, and marketing. Prior to BOPS, he was instrumental in forming and funding a number of successful start-ups including Power Computing (sold to Apple in 1996); Panorama Designs (sold to Motorola in 1996); and BlueSteel Networks (sold to Broadcom in 2000). He also spent six years at Motorola Semiconductor where he held various sales and market development positions. He left Motorola in 1996 as vice president MSPI, and PowerPC market development manager to found BOPS. 
He is active in UWB standards-setting bodies and is a voting member of 802.15.3a as well as a founding member of 802.15.4a. He is also a founding member of the Multi-band Coalition ( and the Multi-band OFDM Alliance (
Mr. Bowles holds an undergraduate engineering degree from Texas A&M and a master of science degree in technology management (E-MBA) from Pepperdine University.

Panel Summary:

Ultra Wideband (UWB) has received a great deal of attention in the past year and some are beginning to see the hype eminiscent of Bluetooth a few years ago. What is the real state of UWB technology and standards? Can UWB possibly avoid the 4-6 years of standards battles, interoperability issues, and slow adoption cycles that plagued its cousins in unlicensed spectrum - Bluetooth and 802.11. Panelist will discuss their views and forecasts for applications based on UWB spectrum use in the immediate 3 years ahead, the target customers, markets, and what customer pain point UWB technology can solve in the next 3 years.