Low-cost wireless tracking breakthrough by Irish tech firm

26 Jul 2011

An Irish company that has developed low-cost wireless sensors for accurately tracking an object or person has completed the tape out of its ground-breaking DW1000 chip.

Award-winning Irish fabless semiconductor firm DecaWave developed the DW1000.

Key features include its ability to locate objects indoors to a precision of 10cm, and to communicate at data rates up to 6.8Mbps from a range of 450 meters (with line of sight) and 45 meters (non-line of sight).

This is all done at low power consumption (transmitter power consumption is about seven times lower than narrowband 802.15.4 transceivers and receiver power consumption up to three times lower).

DW1000 conforms to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE802.15.4a standard.

‘On schedule’

“We are delighted to announce the tape out of MPW2 on schedule”, says Ciaran Connell, CEO, DecaWave.

“There is already very strong advance customer demand for this silicon, so samples will be made available to our customers as soon as possible so that they can continue their development work.

“This is a highly significant milestone for DecaWave – and we are very confident that MPW2 is the product the market is expecting. ”

DecaWave is privately held, and based in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in San Jose, California, Toulouse, France, and South Korea. Last year, DecaWave raised €2m in an investment round led by Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Fund and investors, including Dermot Desmond.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years