A while back, when I began my job as an RF Applications Engineer
for a major manufacturer of cell phone, WLAN, and Bluetooth ICs,
I had a rather difficult time finding a website that had an extensive
listing of technical and communications standards. That was my motivation
for creating this page. Please let me know if there is anything
else that should be added. There are new standards committees begin
formed all the time.
1394 Trade Association
/ 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.
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
IEEE 802: Overview & Architecture
802.1 Bridging & Management
IEEE 802.2: Logical Link Control
IEEE 802.3: CSMA/CD Access Method
IEEE 802.5: Token Ring
IEEE 802.11: Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)
IEEE 802.15: Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN)
802.16: Broadband Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMAN)
IEEE 802.17: Resilient Packet Rings
802.11 Working Group
IEEE 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)
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 Committee
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
representing independent, commercial scientific and engineering
firms. Its members are professional services firms engaged in testing,
product certification, consulting, and research and development.
American 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 marketplace.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
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 Test Engineers (ASTE)
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 (ASTM)
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,
Association 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,
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.
British 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
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
A not-for-profit membership-based
association serving business, industry, government and consumers
in Canada and the global marketplace.
CDMA Development Group -an
international consortium of companies who have joined together to
lead the adoption and evolution of CDMA wireless systems around
CDMA University 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
from the UMTS World website.
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
Europeen de Normalisation Electrotechnique
für elektrotechnische Normung
CENELEC's 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
Data 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 Council
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.
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
Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)
703-907-7500 / Arlington, VA
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 (CEN)
+ 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
standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT),
including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet
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
Federal 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.
Part 15 Document
CFR Title 47, Part 23
Miscellaneous Wireless Communications Services
FCC OET Laboratory Division Electronic Filing Site
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 (U.S.)
From NTIA (PDF format).
Government 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
Positioning System. Garmin GPS web site. Click
to find precise GPS orbits. Click
for a link to the Schriever AFB GPS fact sheet. Click
a nice tutorial by Trimble.
+44 (0)20 7759 2300 /
Global System for Mobile Communications. GSM World web site
from the GSM Association, the global trade association for GSM mobile
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 resources.
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.
International Electrotechnical Commission
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 (INMS)
613-998-7018 / Ontario, Canada
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
Infrared Data Association
and 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
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
The International 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
+41 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 system.
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.
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
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.
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.
ISO/IEC 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
ISO 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
MIL-STD & MIL-SPEC Documents
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 and Communications (MIC)
This is Japan's version of the Federal Communications
National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA)
407-333-3327 / Lake Mary, FL
Primary 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, and education.
/ Boulder, CO
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
National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)
301-975-4016 / Gaithersburg,
Provides third-party accreditation to testing and calibration
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
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.
Optical 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
PICMG (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
PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA)
PCIA 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
/ 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
The 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
/ Ontario, Canada
A federal Crown corporation with the mandate
to promote efficient and effective standardization.
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
The 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
The UMTS Forum - international
body for promoting 3G systems (Universal Mobile Telephone System)
UMTS news, industry,
technology information, applications, events, articles, resources,
history, links, and downloads.
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
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 interoperability.
The low power, short
range, low data rate version of Bluetooth, kinda.