New M2M silicon chip unveiled for use in white space spectrum

White space standards body Weightless develops single-chip silicon to enable low-cost, low-power Internet of Things applications over white space spectrum

New M2M silicon chip unveiled for use in white space spectrum

A new silicon chip specifically developed for use by M2M applications in white space spectrum and designed to significantly reduce cost and battery life was unveiled today in Cambridge, UK by white space specialist Neul and Weightless, the white space M2M standards body.

This means companies can now commence the design and development of Weightless terminal products and applications. 

The Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) today (12 February 2013) announced the release of the world’s first transceiver chip using the Weightless Specification and operating over white space spectrum. 

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,’ commented Professor William Webb, CEO of the Weightless Special Interest Group, who added: ‘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 license 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.

James Collier, CEO of Neul commented: ‘Weightless is a major opportunity for silicon vendors. With a forecasted 5-10 billion 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.’

Bob Lockhart, Senior Research Analyst at Pike Research - a part of Navigant, said: ‘The anticipated exponential growth in machine-to-machine communications, as ever more smart devices find their way into homes and industry such as electricity grids, argues for innovative, low-cost approaches to M2M communication. Without low-cost communications between devices, the so-called Internet of Things is likely to remain only wishful thinking.’

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.

More information about the Weightless silicon chip can be found here.

Written by Wireless magazine
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