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More on: Ultra-narrow-band for Weightless M2M comms

Multi-kilometre machine-to-machine communications special interest group (SIG) Weightless has decided to pursue ultra-narrow-band (UNB) comms in free-to-use ISM bands, rather than ‘white space’ radio for its physical layer. Around the world, agreements, legislation and infrastructure required to use white space radio (comms in…

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White space on hold as Weightless switches to narrowband M2M comms

Machine-to-machine communication industry body Weightless is switching its focus from whitespace radio to ultra-narrow-band radio. “Weightless not pursuing white space as availability is not coming along anything like as quickly as we thought it would. We won’t return to whitespace for two or three years…

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The pros and cons of Bluetooth Low Energy

Ton Middelman, technical business development manager (communications) at Acal BFi, takes a look at Bluetooth Low Energy The engineering world has fallen in love with the concept of the internet of things (IoT) without being clear about how billions of devices are going to connect to the internet. The introduction…

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Freescale and Alps tempt Tier 1 automotive suppliers

Freescale’s two year tie-up with Alps has yielded three automotive-grade mobile data and wireless connectivity modules for telematics and driver assistance systems (ADAS), based around Freescale’s i.MX 6 application processors with ARM Cortex-A9 cores. The idea is to present automotive OEMs and their tier…

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Silicon Labs pushes ZigBee mesh networks in the home

IP-addressable wireless mesh networks for use in the home are the focus of a design initiative by Silicon Labs. The chip supplier has created a networking protocol, called Thread, to help customers with product development for ZigBee-based mesh networking. It is not yet a Zigbee standardised protocol, but…

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XMOS adds industrial comms development kit

Xmos has announced development boards for its fast and novel xCore-XA microcontroller, that includes an ARM Cortex-M3 alongside its unconventional low-latency 32bit multi-core processor architecture – invented to provide fast deterministic interfacing without interrupts. The first products aimed at flexible industrial ‘field bus’ communication. “There are a…

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