1394 Trade Association
817-410-5750 / Grapevine, TX
The IEEE 1394 multimedia connection enables simple, low cost, high bandwidth isochronous (real time) data
interfacing between computers, peripherals, and consumer electronics products such as camcorders, VCRs,
printers, PCs, TVs, and digital cameras.
3rd Generation Wireless Technology.
Unites mobile operators and manufacturers in the Americas to provide a single voice to represent the GSM
family of wireless technologies GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS/HSDPA.
3rd Generation Partnership Project web site.
By Brough Turner
and Marc Orange, NMS Communications.
IEEE802.x Specification Downloads
The IEEE makes these released standards documents available freely for download.
IEEE 802: Overview &
IEEE 802.1 Bridging & Management
IEEE 802.2: Logical Link Control
IEEE 802.3: CSMA/CD
IEEE 802.5: Token Ring Access Method
IEEE 802.11: Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)
IEEE 802.15: Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN)
IEEE 802.16: Broadband Wireless Metropolitan Area
IEEE 802.17: Resilient Packet Rings
802.11 Working Group
P802.11 is a standards working group on wireless local area networks. The working group is a part of IEEE LMSC
(LAN MAN Standards Committee) formerly called IEEE Project 802. IEEE LMSC reports to the Standards Activity
Board (SAB) of the IEEE Computer Society.
Accellera Organization, Inc
707-251-9977 / Napa, CA
Mission is to drive worldwide development & use
of standards required by systems, semiconductor and design tools companies, which enhance a language-based
design automation process.
Advanced Configuration & Power Interface
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
is an open industry specification co-developed by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Phoenix, and Toshiba.
ACPI establishes industry-standard interfaces for OS-directed configuration and power management on laptops,
desktops, and servers.
Advanced Television Systems
An international, non-profit organization develops
voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast
equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries.
American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
301-644-3248 / Frederick, MD
Dedicated to the formal recognition of competent testing and calibration
laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers.
American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL)
202-887-5872 / Washington, DC
Trade association representing independent, commercial scientific and
engineering firms. Its members are professional services firms engaged in testing, product certification,
consulting, and research and development.
Electronics Association (AEA)
800-284-4232 / Santa Clara, CA
A high-tech trade association representing all segments of the electronics
industry, dedicated to strengthening the US electronics community's competitive position in the global
American National Standards Institute
The Institute's mission is to enhance both the
global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary
consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
ASQ is the world's
leading membership organization devoted to quality. We have the knowledge, tools, expertise and resources to
inspire you and your organization.
American Society of
Nutting Lake, MA
Made up of corporate and
individual members from primarily the electronics testing industry as well as electronic instrumentation
professionals from the manufacturing, science, education, and medical disciplines.
American Society for Testing and Materials
610-832-9500 / W. Conshohocken, PA
One of the
largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards
for materials, products, systems, and services.
Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
847-615-7100 / Bannockburn, IL
A United States-based trade
association dedicated to furthering the competitive excellence and financial success of its members worldwide,
who are participants in the electronic interconnect industry.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
A statutory authority within the federal
government portfolio of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy responsible for the regulation of
broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications, and telecommunications.
Bluetooth Special Interest Group
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is a trade association comprised of leaders in the
telecommunications, computing, automotive, industrial automation and network industries that is driving the
development of Bluetooth wireless technology, a low cost short-range wireless specification for connecting
mobile devices and bringing them to market.
Standards Institution (BSI)
+44 (0)20 8996 6330 / United Kingdom
Provides independent certification of management systems and
products; product testing services; the development of private, national and international standards;
management systems training and information on standards and international trade.
The Broadband Forum is a
worldwide organization committed to rapidly creating specifications for communication service providers and
vendors that accelerate the development and deployment of broadband networks, foster successful
interoperability, and manage and deliver advanced IP services to the customer.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
800-463-6727 / Ontario, Canada
membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global
CDMA Development Group -an international consortium
of companies who have joined together to lead the adoption and evolution of CDMA wireless systems around the
training is offered by the CDMA Development Group (CDG). Our goal is to provide relevant CDMA technical
training solutions by leading experts in the field. Currently, we are associated with Qualcomm to deliver
courses that cover a broad range of topics including foundational, advanced topics, network planning,
characterization and optimization.
the UMTS World website.
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
Comité Europeen de
Europisches Komitee für elektrotechnische Normung
mission is to prepare voluntary electrotechnical standards that help develop the Single European
Market/European Economic Area for electrical and electronic goods and services removing barriers to trade,
creating new markets and cutting compliance costs.
China Communications Standards Association.
Over Cable Service Interface Specifications
The CableLabs Certified Cable Modem project, also known as DOCSIS® (Data Over Cable Service Interface
Specification), defines interface requirements for cable modems involved in high-speed data distribution over
cable television system networks.
Digital Audio Video
DAVIC creates the industry standard for end-to-end interoperability of broadcast and
interactive digital audio-visual information, and of multimedia communication.
DoD policies, issuances and memorandums.
The Digital Video Broadcasting Project
(DVB) is an industry-led consortium of over 270 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software
developers, regulatory bodies and others in over 35 countries committed to designing open technical standards
for the global delivery of digital television and data services.
Electronic Components, Assemblies, & Materials Association.
EDN Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC)
EEMBC benchmarks have become an industry standard for evaluating the capabilities of embedded processors,
compilers, and Java implementations according to objective, clearly defined, application-based criteria.
Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)
A partnership of electronic and high-tech associations and companies whose mission is
promoting the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high-tech industry through domestic and
international policy efforts.
European Committee for Standardization
+ 32 2 550 08 11 / Brussels, Belgium
Contributes to the objectives of the European Union and European
Economic Area with voluntary technical standards which promote free trade, the safety of workers & consumers,
interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programmes,
and public procurement.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
+33 (0)4 92 94 42 00 / France
Produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications
Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.
ETSI EN 301 751:
Fixed Radio Systems; Point-to-Point equipments and antennas.
EVDO news, tips, products, downloads,
benchmarks, forums and EVDO coverage.
FCC Compliance Measurement Documents
This series of documents is a non-exclusive list of measurement
techniques that may be used when testing equipment to determine its compliance with FCC rules. The
FCC Knowledge Database provides additional guidance on
testing devices subject to the FCC's rules.
Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly
responsible to Congress, and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio,
television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia,
and U.S. possessions.
CFR Title 47, Part
23: Miscellaneous Wireless Communications Services
FCC OET Laboratory Division Electronic Filing
Office of Engineering and Technology. Download the application guide here.
Frequency Allocations Chart (E.U.)
European table of frequency allocations and utilizations - frequency range 9 kHz TO 275 GHz (PDF format).
Frequency Allocations Chart
From NTIA (PDF format).
Electronics & Information Technology Association - promotes the interests of the U.S. electronics,
communications and information technology industries with regard to government markets, requirements, and
technical standards. GEIA represents companies that create and apply innovative products, services, practices,
technologies and integrated solutions to meet government needs.
Global Positioning System. Garmin GPS web site. Click
here to find precise GPS orbits. Click
here for a link to the Schriever AFB GPS
fact sheet. Click here for a nice tutorial by Trimble.
+44 (0)20 7759 2300 / UK
Global System for
Mobile Communications. GSM World web site from the GSM Association, the global trade association for GSM
Home Phoneline Networking Alliance
HomePNA is the high-speed, reliable networking (LAN) technology that uses the existing phone wires in your
home to share a single Internet connection with several PCs in your home.
Home RF Resource Center, now
provided by the Palo Wireless website, contains a guide to useful HomeRF and wireless home networking
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an
international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to
develop Web standards.
The IEEE StandardsWire (e-mail updates) carries key information about new and
recently approved and revised standards, in addition to details about standards work that has just begun. The
new publication replaces The Standards Bearer Online, which focused mainly on the actions of the IEEE
Standards Board and not on what was going on with the standards themselves.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the leading global
organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related
technologies. These serve as a basis for national standardization and as references when drafting
international tenders and contracts.
Institute for National Measurement Standards
613-998-7018 / Ontario, Canada
The Institute's physical metrology programs develop, maintain, improve, and
disseminate standards for the base quantities of mass, length, time, electricity, temperature and luminous
intensity as well as a number of derived measurement standards. The chemical metrology program develops and
maintains world-class capabilities in selected areas of organic and inorganic trace analysis, and provides
certified reference materials.
Infrared Data Association
promotes an infrared standard that provides convenient cordless connectivity and fosters application
interoperability over a broad range of platforms and devices.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional
association of more than 360,000 individual members in approximately 175 countries. IEEE is a leading
authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications,
to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.
InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS)
202-737-8888 / Washington, DC
INCITS is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications
Technologies (ICT), encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and
retrieval of information.
International Engineering Consortium
Engineering Consortium (IEC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing technology and business
progress worldwide in a range of high-technology industries and their university communities.
International Multimedia Teleconference Consortium
IMTC is a worldwide community of companies dedicated to the advancement of real-time, rich-media
communications. Interoperability through international standards is our core value. Member companies come
together to ensure compatibility amongst their products and services, thus guaranteeing trouble-free operation
for both end customers and service suppliers.
International Organization for Standardization
22 749 01 11 / Switzerland
ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 148 countries, on the
basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the
From the International Organization for Standardization.
International Telecommunication Union - ITU
An international organization within the United Nations
System where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services, and publishes
telecommunication technology, regulatory and standards information.
An international, non-profit association of service providers, equipment vendors, testing centers and
enterprise users whose mission is to drive the global success of IP/MPLS-based technology, networks, and
services while focusing on application and deployment solutions.
919-549-8411 / Research Triangle Park, NC
Develops standards, certifies industry professionals,
provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts the largest conference and
exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere.
Integrated Services Digital Network - tutorial.
ISO/IEC 18000-6:2004 (RFID)
Information technology -- Radio frequency identification for item
management -- Part 6: Parameters for air interface communications at 860 MHz to 960 MHz.
18000-6:2004 defines the air interface for radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices operating in the 860
MHz to 960 MHz Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) band used in item management applications. Its
purpose is to provide a common technical specification for RFID devices that may be used by ISO committees
developing RFID application standards.
ISO 9000 / ISO 14000
management systems, basics, facts on certification, new management system standards, additional resources.
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association
(originally known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council)
MIL-STD & MIL-SPEC
ASSIST-Quick Search provides direct access to Defense and Federal specifications and
standards available in the official DoD repository (including obsolete versions), the ASSIST database.
Ministry of Internal Affairs
This is Japan's version of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
National Cooperation for Laboratory
407-333-3327 / Lake Mary, FL
mission is to evaluate U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies (ABs) and to grant recognition to those ABs found
to be in compliance with NACLA procedures & the relevant international standards for competent ABs.
National Fire Protection Association
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other
hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training,
Our mission of is to advance technical and managerial excellence in the field of metrology,
measurement standards, conformity assessment, Instrument calibration, as well as test and measurement, through
voluntary activities aimed at improving product and service quality, productivity, and the competitiveness of
member organizations in the international marketplace.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S.
Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurement,
standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.
Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)
301-975-4016 / Gaithersburg, MD
third-party accreditation to testing and calibration laboratories.
Office of Communication (Ofcom)
Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the U.K. communications industries, with
responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services
Operations Security (OPSEC) Professional Society
Furthers the practice of Operations Security as a profession and fosters the highest quality of
professionalism and competence among its members. OPSEC is a process used to deny to potential adversaries
information about capabilities and/or intentions by identifying, controlling and protecting evidence of the
planning and executing of sensitive activities.
Society of America (OSA)
Promotes the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination
of knowledge in optics and photonics.
San Francisco, CA
A consortium of over 75 members worldwide who have joined together to establish and
maintain standards and disseminate information about PC/104 and other small form factors to manufacturers and
users, as well as to provide a liaison function between the PC/104 community and other standard organizations.
PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group
(PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) is a consortium of over 600 companies who collaboratively
develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications.
PCI Special Interest Group
PCI-SIG is the industry
organization chartered to develop and manage the PCI standard. With over 850 members, the PCI-SIG effectively
places ownership and management of the PCI specifications in the hands of the developer community.
Personal Communications Industry Association
represents companies that develop, own, manage and operate towers, commercial rooftops and other facilities
for the provision of all types of wireless, broadcasting and telecommunications services.
PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA)
303-652-2585 / Niwot, CO
An industry consortium who promotes and maintains the PXI standard.
Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association
The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association of America is the national trade organization
representing all segments of the satellite industry.
Solid-State Circuits Society
The Solid-State Circuits Society is interested in all aspects of
solid-state circuits: the design, testing and application of circuits and subsystems, as well as closely
related topics in device technology and circuit theory.
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
914-761-1100 / White Plains, NY
leading technical society for the motion imaging industry.
Standards & Handbooks References
Broken into categories of Reliability, Maintainability, Safety, Military, Human Factors, etc. These are
not the actual documents, but are descriptions of what can be found in each one.
Standards Council of Canada
613-238-3222 / Ontario, Canada
A federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization.
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is a non-profit trade association serving the communications and
information technology industry, with proven strengths in market development, trade shows, domestic and
international advocacy, standards development and enabling e-business.
The OPSEC Professional's Association
206-426-1379 / Hesperia, CA
The Operations Security Professional's Association (OSPA) is a tax exempt
Non-profit organization dedicated to improving awareness of Operations Security procedures, as well as
building cohesion amongst its members. OSPA members work together behind the scenes to further the discipline,
as well as creating and sharing information on a wide range of subjects, such as information security, OPSEC
briefings, Security Briefings, OPSEC program management and more.
The UMTS Forum - international body for
promoting 3G systems (Universal Mobile Telephone System)
UMTS news, industry, technology information, applications, events, articles, resources, history, links,
USB Implementers Forum, Inc
Implementers Forum, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the
Universal Serial Bus specification. The USB-IF was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the
advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology.
VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA)
VITA, the VMEbus International Trade Association, is an
incorporated, non-profit organization of vendors and users having a common market interest. VITA believes in
and champions open system architectures as opposed to proprietary system architectures.
"A Summary of FCC Rules for Ultra Wideband Communications," compliments of Gary Breed, editor of High
Frequency Electronics magazine, January 2005 edition.
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a
nonprofit international association formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of wireless Local Area Network
products based on IEEE 802.11 specification. Currently the Wi-Fi Alliance has over 200 member companies from
around the world, and over 1000 products have received Wi-Fi certification since certification began in March
of 2000. The goal of the Wi-Fi Alliance's members is to enhance the user experience through product
The low power, short range, low data rate
version of Bluetooth, kinda.