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Silicon readied for M2M Weightless applications

Posted: 14 Feb 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:m2m  weightless  white space 

The Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) releases the first transceiver chip designed explicitly to be compatible with the Weightless Standard for developing next generation white space-enabled M2M solutions.

Capable of tuning across the entire UHF TV white space spectrum (470 – 790MHz), the single chip solution draws very little power while delivering reliable, secure, long range wireless connectivity for next generation M2M applications using the Weightless Standard.

Developed by Weightless SIG Promoter Group Member, Neul, and dubbed 'Iceni', samples are available today to select partners to begin testing and development of new white space-enabled solutions. More details of the silicon can be found on the company's website.

"This is a seminal moment in the evolution of Weightless technology," said Professor William Webb, CEO of the Weightless Special Interest Group. "For the first time designers around the world can begin developing next generation M2M solutions using Weightless technology with silicon designed explicitly to be compatible with the Standard."

Developed by the team behind the world's first single-chip Bluetooth device, Iceni operates within white space spectrum to access the high quality and licence free UHF spectrum. Iceni and Weightless together dramatically reduce the costs and increase battery life in machines connected to the network opening up applications that are not technically or commercially feasible using alternative technologies.

Weightless is a major opportunity for silicon vendors," said James Collier, CEO of Neul. "With a forecasted 5-10 billion [50 lakh – 1 crore] devices to be shipped per year, this is a market that is bigger than cellular, and one that will support as many as a dozen major silicon vendors. The Weightless SIG already has silicon companies as members, and we expect a number of them to develop their own silicon."

The machine to machine or Internet of Things market is widely forecasted to be worth over a trillion US dollars in value and to enable tens of billions of connected devices by 2020.

- Nick Flaherty
  EE Times





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