LONDON – Renesas Electronics is researching ultra-low power (ULP) short-range wireless technologies in collaboration with IMEC (Leuven, Belgium), targeting sensor networks for automotive and industrial purposes.
Researchers from Renesas will reside at the Holst Centre in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which is part of IMEC's European network and join an established ULP wireless systems program.
Renesas and IMEC engineers will work on multi-standard radios for battery-operated and energy-harvested portable devices, said IMEC. IMEC claimed that its radios are compliant with Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee in the 2.4-GHz band and consume between 30 and 10 percent of commercial equivalents.
"After five years of successful collaboration in our Green Radio program, we are pleased that prominent semiconductor company Renesas now joins our ULP wireless systems R&D," said Harmke de Groot, program director ULP wireless technologies at IMEC/Holst Centre.
Renesas aims to add ULP wireless circuits developed under the collaboration to its microcontrollers to address the Internet of Things, IMEC said.
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