Weightless Specification silicon for M2M launches

The Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the release of the world’s first transceiver chip using the Weightless Specification and operating over white space spectrum.

Developed by Weightless SIG Promoter Group Member, Neul, and dubbed ‘Iceni‘, samples are available to select partners to begin testing and development of new white space-enabled solutions.

James Collier, CEO of Neul commented “Weightless is a major opportunity for silicon vendors. With a forecasted 5-10 billion devices to be shipped per year, this is a market that is bigger than cellular, and one that will support as many as a dozen major silicon vendors.”

Capable of tuning across the entire UHF TV white space spectrum (470 – 790MHz), the single chip solution draws very little power while delivering reliable, secure, long range wireless connectivity for next generation M2M applications using the Weightless Standard.

Bob Lockhart, senior research analyst at Pike Research – a part of Navigant, said “The anticipated exponential growth in machine-to-machine communications, as ever more ‘smart’ devices find their way into homes and industry such as electricity grids, argues for innovative, low-cost approaches to M2M communication.”

Iceni and Weightless together dramatically reduce the costs and increase battery life in machines connected to the network opening up applications that are not technically or commercially feasible using alternative technologies.

The machine to machine or Internet of Things market is widely forecasted to be worth over a trillion US dollars in value and to enable tens of billions of connected devices by 2020.

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