Kumar is based out of Washington DC and is a key figure in the world of Wi-Fi,
a field to which he has devoted ten years of his life. Working closely with
the Wi-Fi Alliance, now as a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance Board of Directors,
he was recently honored with its prestigious Quality of Service Award,
bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to
advancing the Alliance’s mission to “connect everyone and everything,
everywhere.” We spoke with Manish to find out more.
From the start of his career in C-DOT India, through his work with Hughes
Network Systems and Enterasys Networks (now Extreme) U.S. and Marvell
Semiconductor, Manish Kumar brings a relentless focus to teamwork and
technology, innovation and connectivity. Gaining an MBA from University of
Illinois Urbana Champaign and a BS in Electrical Engineering from CSU Long
Beach, he settled in Washington DC in 1995 with his wife, Sweta, who now works
at the National Institutes of Health. Together they have a son, Sreejan Kumar,
a Princeton University grad student. Today, Manish leads all NXP Wi-Fi
Alliance standards and product development activities.
What is the Wi-Fi Alliance?
This is a worldwide network of companies working together to make Wi-Fi
possible. They are responsible for driving Wi-Fi adoption and evolution,
developing innovative technologies and requirements, to ensure Wi-Fi delivers
in the way that consumers expect.
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You won the Quality of Service Award recently. According to the Alliance,
“individuals receiving this award have contributed their expertise to a
multitude of Wi-Fi Alliance programs." Tell us about that.
This means a great deal to me. The award is given to individuals who have
shown impactful leadership and exemplary service in the industry for over five
years, so I am honored to have been selected. I currently chair the Wi-Fi
Alliance Marketing Task Group for Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi EasyMesh, Wi-Fi Easy Connect
and Display programs, as well as serving as Vice Chair for the Wi-Fi Easy Mesh
and Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity Technical Task Groups. I was the technical
editor for Wi-Fi Certified 6 Release 1.
Clearly Wi-Fi plays a central role in your work. How does this fit in with
NXP’s strategy for growth?
It enables NXP to take a leading role in shaping Wi-Fi in general, and lately
Wi-Fi 6 in particular, for seamless interoperability between devices and rapid
market adoption of standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance forecasts a strong growth in
devices supporting Wi-Fi 6 that will be shipped worldwide by the end of 2020.
NXP is at the forefront of this wave, enabling our Wi-Fi certified 6 products
to be designed into exciting new products spanning multiple markets, from IoT
to industrial and network access to automotive.
Why is NXP ideally placed for work on Wi-Fi?
NXP has a vision of a connected world that anticipates and automates, with
smart connected devices that make lives easier, safer and more convenient. We
are perfectly placed to deliver on this since this company provides an ideal
environment for creating innovative solutions.
When you’re not focusing on making the world a better place through ubiquitous
Wi-Fi, how do you unwind?
I enjoy dining out with my wife and son when I have time, but with so much
work to be done, I have little time off. And I do enjoy watching movies and
crime shows, in particular Law and Order.
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pursue our ambitions through technological innovations designed to enhance the
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the while ensuring sustainability and minimizing our impact on the