Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
Oldest First | Newest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
junko.yoshida
User Rank
Author
WiGig taking off?
junko.yoshida   8/1/2013 8:57:29 AM
NO RATINGS
A startup fabless chip vendor changing its business model to become an IP company is usually never a good sign. But judging from the funding Blu Wireless is getting, WiGig may be finally getting interesting...

Henry Nurser
User Rank
Author
Re: WiGig taking off?
Henry Nurser   8/1/2013 12:51:02 PM
NO RATINGS
Junko, thanks for your comments – based on current customer feedback we definitely see the demand for 60GHz technology as accelerating now.

Note that we 'pivoted' our business plan from fabless to System IP early last year when we realised that our unique Intellectual Property related to our HYDRA baseband architecture and wireless system expertise. Once the decision was made we were then able to quickly engage revenue generating customers – which has allowed us to bootstrap BWT's growth over the last 12months in a very cost effective way.  We see this as an example of an 'extreme-lean' startup model designed for the semi-conductor funding environment of the last few years.

We have several further interesting developments that will become public over the coming month so very open to having a chat later this month.

rick merritt
User Rank
Author
Re: WiGig taking off?
rick merritt   8/1/2013 1:56:50 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Henry and thanks for weighing in.

We've been watching the rise of 60 GHz for sometime. I know several folks are on the hunt for tri-band as the next big leap in I guess a sort of merged Wi-Fi and PAN.

I can't help wondering if this market will be quickly dominated by the few big Wi-Fi/BT players such as Broadcom, Qualcomm, Marvell.


In that scenario your move makes sense. Better position yourself for a possible acquisition for one of those companies (or Synopsys or ARM or someone), than try to duke it out with your own 60 GHz chips versus their highly integrated devcies.

Is that the plan?

LarryM99
User Rank
Author
Backhaul?
LarryM99   8/1/2013 7:22:47 PM
NO RATINGS
I have been following the evolution of 60 GHz technology and I am glad to see it close to escaping from the labs, but I am a little confused by the description of it as a backhaul technology. Most of what I have seen described as far as applications has been very short range and in the consumer space. How is this applicable to cellular or other backhaul?

Peter Clarke
User Rank
Author
Re: Backhaul?
Peter Clarke   8/2/2013 5:50:51 AM
NO RATINGS
Well Henry or somone else at BWT would probably be best placed to describe this.

 

BUT my understanding is that 4G tends to get deployed as a large number of small cells at somewhere like an airport and you need to aggregate all the traffic through the small cell basestations and send it up/down the line.

60-GHz carrier using similar but not necessariy identical comminications protocols to WiFi is being used to do this. Because the cells are small and close packd the distances are not enormous.

 

Henry Nurser
User Rank
Author
Re: Backhaul?
Henry Nurser   8/2/2013 11:20:08 AM
NO RATINGS
Perhaps the best recent analysis I have seen on the various technologies for small cell backhaul is that put together by the Small Cell forum. This can be found at http://www.scf.io/en/documents/100_Small_Cell_Forum_release_structure_and_roadmap.php

This dicusses the pros/cons of the various technologies.

BWT has several key USPs that make 60GHz even more compelling. Bit difficult to expand fully via this comment section + some 'secret sauce' that we can expose under NDA.

JanineLove
User Rank
Author
Re: Backhaul?
JanineLove   8/2/2013 11:24:24 AM
NO RATINGS
My understanding of fixed microwave backhaul is that it can go about 50 miles point to point. Is that possible with 60GHz as well?

Henry Nurser
User Rank
Author
Re: WiGig taking off?
Henry Nurser   8/2/2013 11:29:35 AM
NO RATINGS
Rick,

Probably worth a chat sometime in the near future

Even in the 'mature' .11bgn/ac space a number of System IP companies are helping other fabless/ODM will access to WiFi technology. We also see this model applying to the .11ad market - and the baseband's design constraints are very different.  

Hence we are in no rush to be acquired - although if someone were to offer $1B I would find it difficult to refuse!

regards

H

Henry Nurser
User Rank
Author
Re: Backhaul?
Henry Nurser   8/2/2013 11:35:19 AM
NO RATINGS
Janine,

Oxygen absorption restricts practical range to ~1km for low cost backhaul applications, but when dealing with smallcells (designed to improve coverage for 4G networks), and combined with the directional nature of the technology, this is in fact an advantage as it allows freq re-use.

Analogous to the 'in room' PAN role of WiGig

H

JanineLove
User Rank
Author
Re: Backhaul?
JanineLove   8/2/2013 12:14:53 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for clarfying Henry. Any customers interested in this application of your technolgoy?

Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Radio
NEXT UPCOMING BROADCAST
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Special Video Section
The LT®3042 is a high performance low dropout linear ...
Chwan-Jye Foo (C.J Foo), product marketing manager for ...
The LT®3752/LT3752-1 are current mode PWM controllers ...
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...