M2M FEATURE

February 13, 2013

SIG Launches Weightless Specification Silicon Chip


Weightless SIG recently announced the launch of a transceiver chip that uses weightless specifications and operates across the white space of the spectrum. This is the first successful endeavor of its kind and is sure to have far-reaching implications.

The device is a unique mono-chip solution with tuning capabilities over an entire white spectrum between 470 MHz to 790 MHz. There is minimal consumption of power, and the chip delivers long range, reliable and secure wireless connections that are ideal for next-generation M2M applications, which use a state-of-the-art Weightless Standard.

This ready-to-use, high-quality technology is a contribution of Neul, a group member of Weightless SIG promotions. Weightless SIG extends breakthrough ‘Iceni’ samples to select partners for beginning relevant tests and developing brand new solutions that use white space enablement for maximum benefits. 

Prof. William Webb, chief executive officer for Special Interest Group at Weightless, considers this launch a seminal moment in Weightless technology evolution.

From now on, he adds, designers across the globe can begin the development of future M2M solutions that use this ultramodern Weightless technology along with Standard compatible silicon designs. This mega achievement is another feather in the cap for the same team that gave the world its first Bluetooth device with a single chip.

Iceni operates across the white space in order to access license a free, high-quality UHF spectrum. The long-standing benefits of this development On Weightless, together with Iceni, substantially reduce costs while adding to overall battery life.

This revolutionary technology finds use in network-connected machines and helps to open applications that are not feasible commercially or technically, through alternative technology. Neul chief executive officer, James Collier, believes Weightless opens up an extensive avenue for silicon vendors and feels that it is a major opportunity for them.

If the forecasts are to be believed, surely there’s a huge chance for things even bigger than present day cellular markets.

The current forecasts predict a whopping yearly shipment of approximately five to 10 billion devices.

If all goes according to projections, the Weightless market will be able to support more than a dozen silicon vendors at any given time. Weightless SIG already considers some major silicon companies among its members, and this number will only rise in the future.

Given time, most of these companies will develop silicon of their own.

There’s no doubt that machine-to-machine communication is the future of electronics. This latest is another step in that direction, and one that foreshadows a bright future for the Weightless market.




Edited by Braden Becker


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