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Technical & Communications Industry Standards

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

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.

3G Newsroom

3rd Generation Wireless Technology.

3G Americas


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.

3G Tutorial

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 & Architecture

IEEE 802.1 Bridging & Management

IEEE 802.2: Logical Link Control

IEEE 802.3: CSMA/CD Access Method

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 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

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

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.

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, and services.

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, 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.

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 trade.

Broadband Forum


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

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 the world.

CDMA University


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 and optimization.

CDMA Tutorial


from the UMTS World website.



European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

Comité Europeen de Normalisation Electrotechnique

Europisches Komitee 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 Association.

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 Issuances


DoD policies, issuances and memorandums.

DVB Project


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)


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

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.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)


445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554

888-CALL-FCC (225-5322)

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


Amateur Radio


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 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 mobile operators.

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


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.

IEEE802 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

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


Establishes 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 (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


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.

International Standards


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.

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 Council)

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 Commission (FCC).

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.

NCSL International


303-440-3339 / 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 of life.

National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)


301-975-4016 / Gaithersburg, MD

Provides 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.

Optical Society of America (OSA)


Promotes the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics.

PC/104 Consortium


415-674-4504 / 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


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 services.

PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA)


303-652-2585 / Niwot, CO

An industry consortium who promotes and maintains the PXI standard.

RF Energy Alliance

Dedicated to presenting solid-state RF energy's true potential as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat and power source. Members envision a fast-growing, innovative marketplace built around this sustainable technology, contributing to quality of life across many applications.

Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association

www.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


613-238-3222 / 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 and more.



The UMTS Forum - international body for promoting 3G systems (Universal Mobile Telephone System)

UMTS World


UMTS news, industry, technology information, applications, events, articles, resources, history, links, and downloads.

USB Implementers Forum, Inc


USB 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.

Wideband Communications


"A Summary of FCC Rules for Ultra Wideband Communications," compliments of Gary Breed, editor of High Frequency Electronics magazine, January 2005 edition.

Wi-Fi Alliance


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 interoperability.



The low power, short range, low data rate version of Bluetooth, kinda.

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