LONDON Fabless chip company DecaWave Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) has shipped evaluation kits for its first product the ScenSor chip. Scensor is a CMOS ultra-wideband IC based on the IEEE 802.15.4a standard that supports data rates of 110-kbps, 850-kbps, 6.8-Mbps, and 27-Mbps.
ScenSor is suitable for applications ranging from real-time location systems (RTLS) and wireless transceivers in manufacturing, healthcare, lighting, security, transport, inventory and supply chain management.
Decawave claimed that that ScenSor consumes 2 milliamps in transmit mode and 20 milliamps in receive mode, which represents less than 0.5 percent of the power of "competing technologies" in transmit mode and less than 5 percent of the power in receive mode, over a 70 meter range.
This low power would allow ScenSor to be deployed in industrial/process environments and remain unattended for many years, the company said. For RTLS applications, the technology delivers a location precision of +/- 10 centimeters.
Silicon prototypes of ScenSor will be ready in Q3 2009, while production-ready silicon chips will ship in Q1 2010, the company said. The company has not said what manufacturing process technology or what foundry it is using to get the chips made.
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