Wireless & Communications

CES 2014 – CSR’s VibeHub brings flexible networked audio platform to the market

CSR is looking to make it easier for device manufacturers to deliver multi-room networked home audio products with the launch of the VibeHub platform, unveiled at CES 2014. The platform will enable consumers to enjoy synchronised multi-room audio around the home using its SyncLock technology which enables products to take content from any local or cloud-based source and create a multi-room audio experience over an existing home Wi-Fi network.

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CES 2014 – Wolfson Microelectronics and ComHear partner to deliver wearable consumer audio

Wolfson Microelectronics, a leading developer of mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio solutions for consumer electronic products, and ComHear, an audio processing and wearables company, have announced a technology partnership to supply audio to the wearable consumer audio space.

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Advance in millimetre wave technology for backhaul between small-cell base stations

InterDigital, a wireless research and development company, and Blu Wireless Technology, a specialist in multi-gigabit wireless baseband system IP, have successfully completed the first phase of collaborative development to explore millimetre wave solutions for small cell base stations and access points. The companies are currently in discussion to extend the collaboration.

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CSR launches low-cost Bluetooth Smart Starter Development Kit

CSR has unveiled a new low-cost development kit aimed at helping developers get Bluetooth Smart prototypes up and running and into production quickly. Based on CSR’s proven µEnergy platform, the kit provides a complete environment for developers who are looking to create their first Bluetooth Smart products and get them to market rapidly with a low initial investment.

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CSR addresses wearable technology market with new Bluetooth Smart solution

CSR has launched a new Bluetooth Smart platform that has been designed to meet the needs of developers looking to create low-power wearable accessories. The CSR1012, which is part of the CSR µEnergy range, provides a smaller form factor package making it suitable for wearable devices, such as smart watches and activity monitors. While the platform provides a form factor small enough for wearable devices it still, critically, uses standard PCB technology, which allows developers to get a high-volume product to market quickly and cost effectively.

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Internet of Things targeted with low power, small form factor wireless MCU

Silicon Labs has expanded its family of 8-bit Si10xx wireless microcontrollers (MCUs) with two new options which have been optimised for both cost-sensitive and performance-intensive designs by combining its ultra-low-power MCU technology with its sub-GHz EZRadio and EZRadioPRO transceivers in a single-chip solution.

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EnOcean becomes a member of the OSGi Alliance

EnOcean has joined the OSGi Alliance. With this membership, EnOcean will now be able to actively contribute to the OSGi Residential Expert Group in defining a universal open interface between energy harvesting wireless technology and the OSGi world. This will enable gateway developers and software providers to easily integrate batteryless devices into their home gateway solutions; based on open, standardised interfaces.

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MIPI Alliance forms sensor working group

The MIPI Alliance, an international organisation that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, has announced the formation of a Sensor Working Group. The Sensor Working Group is open to Founders, Promoters and Contributor member companies.

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