LONDON Blu-Wireless Technology Ltd. (Bristol, England) is a startup company involved in the development of WirelessHD and gigabit wireless data transmission 60-GHz wireless technology.
The fabless company plans to supply CMOS ICs for 60-GHz communications that combine radio plus baseband with a package-integrated antenna and simple application interfaces. It has plans for two chips; the BW601x for the streaming of multigigabit audio and visual data and the BW602, which would be a cost and power optimized version for portable applications.
No time scales or details of funding could be found at the company website when this story was first posted.
The company was founded by Ray McConnell, who serves as chief executive officer and chief technology officer. McConnell began his career with Inmos and was a successively thereafter a founder of Division, PixelFusion and ClearSpeed Technology.
Blu-Wireless acknowledges that due to high propagation loss at 60-GHz carrier frequencies phased array antennas combined with electronic beam-steering are needed to focus energy in the wanted direction to achieve the required multigigabit data rates. At the same time the multigigabit communications require multigiga-operations per second of computing power to process the necessary complex wireless modulation and error coding schemes.
Finally the company asserts on its website there is a need to be able to offer multistandard support and product flexibility through software adaptation and configuration.
The company claims that it has a suitable architecture for a single-chip radio-plus-processor implementation together with wireless algorithms that can be run as software.
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