The vision thing …

It was brought to my attention that XG Technology posted recently a new “technology document” called “The xMax Vision” by Joe Bobier. There are two interesting facts about this document relative to my earlier discussion of xMax. The first is that this “technology document” is entirely uncontaminated by any kind of technical discussion (to paraphrase Monty Python). The second is the fact that Bobier’s previous claims about the performance of xMax have been toned down very significantly. In fact this document makes no quantitative statements at all about performance, restating only the platitude that “That technical advantage, increased range using less power, gives the product he ability to work in unlicensed radio bands while outperforming commercial gear in licensed radio channels”. This is a far cry from earlier claims such as “xMax can use 1,000 to 100,000 times less power than comparable transmission technologies.” This document is very different from Bobier’s earlier vision document “The XG Flash Signal Vision“. Comparison of these two vision documents is quite revealing.

Could it be that the xMax developers are finally realizing that the performance of xMax is no different than the performance of existing communication systems, and are trying to back off from the earlier extravagant claims? Is reality finally rearing its ugly head? We will all have to wait patiently for the next chapter of wireless tales.

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3 responses to “The vision thing …

  1. Thanks for your comments on xG. They are really helpful since I have no prior knowledge of digital radio. Looking forward to xG’s next move and your next post.

  2. I am frankly stunned that anybody would be taken in by such outlandish claims (100,000X less transmit power!) without serious proof – but people seem to just accept the Xg Technology claims at face value.
    Frost & Sullivan have given them an award, what are their RF “experts” playing at? I would dearly love to read their report to see what they have said about xMax.

  3. JimDeGries@gmail.com

    Chris, I am also amazed at the almost complete lack of critical discussion of a new technology which makes such unusual claims. The redeeming feature of xMax is that there is every reason to believe that it works, but its performance can at best be comparable to that of existing well known technologies.
    Regarding the Frost & Sullivan award – given that they gave an award to Gaiacomm in 2004 (see my earlier post), I find it difficult to take this too seriously.

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