SPARK Microsystems Joins the UWB Alliance and the FiRaTMConsortium...

SPARK Microsystems Joins the UWB Alliance and the FiRaTMConsortium For Adoption of UWB Technology

Enterprise Networking Mag | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Participating in the UWB Alliance and the FiRa Consortium will increase the adoption of UWB.

FREMONT, CA: SPARK Microsystems has joined the UWB Alliance and the FiRaTMConsortium to speed up the development and adoption of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. SPARK Microsystems will collaborate with both organizations on regulatory issues and the development of worldwide UWB technology standards.

The FiRa Consortium and the UWB Alliance collaborate to achieve the joint aim of developing a UWB-enabled ecosystem. The UWB Alliance focuses on matters relating to the promotion and safeguarding of UWB technology, as well as advancing updates to UWB rules in the United States and internationally, while the FiRa Consortium focuses on UWB use cases for fine ranging and positioning, intending to certify UWB products for conformity and interoperability based on approved FiRa and IEEE 802.1 standards.

“The accelerated development and commercialization of UWB technology presents a massive market opportunity for low latency, low power wireless sensing and communications,” said Fares Mubarak, CEO, SPARK Microsystems. “Contributing our knowledge and expertise to both the UWB Alliance and the FiRa Consortium allows SPARK Microsystems to have the most influence on the nascent UWB technology and standards in multiple industries.”

SPARK Microsystems' low-power UWB wireless transceiver ICs enable a new class of short-range wireless connectivity applications that would have previously required wired connectivity due to power and latency constraints. Gaming peripherals and AR/VR headsets, smart home gadgets, and battery-free IoT sensors are among these uses. The UWB wireless transceiver series outperforms Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee in terms of the energy economy, latency, and range at greater data rates, allowing for uninterrupted data streaming as well as accurate ranging and locating. SPARK's UWB technology dramatically improves the battery life of electronics and enables the battery-free functioning of wireless devices such as sensors when combined with energy harvesting technologies.

“As UWB continues its record uptake in the consumer electronics space, this unique technology is fueling more diverse and innovative use cases, as well as establishing a vibrant eco-system,” commented Tim Harrington, Chairman of the UWB Alliance. “The much-valued technical contributions from SPARK and our other members are helping us to define how the UWB rulesets can evolve to enable these multi-radio consumer eco-systems to continue to flourish in the future.”

“We are very pleased to welcome SPARK Microsystems to the FiRa Consortium,” said Charlie Zhang, FiRa Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Engineering, Samsung Research Americas. “SPARK’s expertise is an excellent addition to our ecosystem; we look forward to good collaboration toward the future of seamless user experiences using UWB secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities.”

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