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Imec, Renesas to develop wireless electronics

Posted: 21 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ultra-low power  wireless technologies  short-range communication  Renesas  Imec 

Imec and Renesas Electronics Corp., the newest member of Imec's ULP wireless systems programme, have announced their collaboration on developing next-generation wireless electronics. The research partnership, which will be at Holst Centre, will work on to enhance ultra-low power (ULP) wireless technologies for short-range communications targeting different applications in automotive and industrial networks.

The two companies will jointly develop multi-standard radio solutions for small battery-operated or harvested wireless handheld devices. The combination of innovative architectures, advanced ULP design IP, and efficient low power circuits will help Imec's ULP radios achieve best-in-class performance and reduce power consumption by a factor of 3 to 10 lower than today's radios, the companies said. Imec's ULP high-performance radios are compliant with state-of-the-art wireless standards, such as Bluetooth Low Energy (2.4GHz band) and ZigBee (2.4GHz band).

"Building on a proven track record of designs, our research programme on ULP wireless systems offers great value to our industrial partners. Combining application, circuits and technology know-how, we provide a complete solution, shortening the time-to-market for our industrial partners," said Harmke de Groot, programme director ULP wireless technologies at Imec/Holst Centre. "After five years of successful collaboration in our Green Radio programme, we are pleased that a prominent semiconductor company as Renesas now joins our ULP wireless systems R&D. We look forward to developing enhanced ULP solutions contributing to the realisation of the internet of things in mass market applications," de Groot added.

"Various applications of sensor networks for a smart society need ultra-low power wireless communication technologies. So we develop innovative RF architectures and circuit technologies for them," said Koichi Yahagi, senior manager of 2nd analogue core development department, core technology business division, 1st solution business unit, Renesas Electronics Corporation. "We are pleased to join Imec's programme to develop new ultra-low power technologies. By combining our Microcontroller units with ultra-low power wireless communication technologies led by this collaboration, we aim to supply solutions for a smart society."

Researchers from Renesas will stay at Holst Centre in Eindhoven, Netherlands, to closely collaborate with Imec's research team.





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