Applications Overview

Providing an Ultra Low Power and Latency Wireless Technology for the IoT

The Problem

  • The battery life of wireless devices is insufficient for many IoT applications, leading to overly frequent recharge cycles, limited connectivity, and bulky batteries or costly maintenance. In addition, long latency makes wireless inadequate in applications requiring real-time communications.
  • Many customers require more intelligence, tracking, control and analytics of their equipment and devices, however, installation and cost can be very prohibitive. This makes the decision to install IoT tags or sensors a difficult one.
  • RFID can be a low-power solution, but its usability is limited.
  • Customers need a low cost solution for tracking and maintaining on-site equipment that is easy to install like RFID (no-batteries) but can provide more intelligence.

The Solution

  • The new SR1000 device from SPARK Microsystems can communicate with such low energy that it can be powered by a simple low cost solar cell or other energy harvesting device and use a capacitive cell for energy storage. This eliminates wires and batteries, and vastly simplifies the installation process and extends the life of wireless devices.
  • However, unlike RFID, the SR1000 device can accept other machine input, such as engine hours, temperature, humidity, or other sensor input, thus promoting a wide range of device analytics to help improve overall corporate operational costs.
  • The communication latency of the SR1000 is so short that it can be used in the feedback loop of control systems such as in robotics to remove the need for wiring or complex timing management.
  • The SR1000 can be deployed in a mesh network to enable long range and agile short-latency communications within dense low-power networks.

The Next Generation in Wireless Technology for Automotive

The Problem

  • The growing number of sensors, intelligence, and features for automotive electronics and wiring harnesses are beginning to be a significant portion of vehicle cost.
  • Wireless solutions that could conceivably replace some of these wires are not considered reliable, generate high levels of EMI, and can fail in urban environments due to narrow band signal interference.
  • Standard wireless solutions are often either too slow (high latency) or have insufficient bandwidth to handle infotainment or sensor data.

The Solution

  • The new SPARK Radio technology can communicate with ultra low energy, latency, and EMI.
  • It does not interfere with other narrow band signals such as BLE and WIFI.
  • It has the bandwidth to handle audio requirements or sensor data.
  • It can be powered by a simple low cost vibrational energy harvester, solar cell or other energy harvesting device and use a capacitive cell for energy storage.
  • This eliminates wires and batteries, and vastly simplifies the installation process for many sensors.

Wireless designed for Audio Streaming

The Problem

  • Wireless audio streaming has been an issue for wireless standards since the beginning. There are several reasons for this. The standards have generally focused on bandwidth and connectivity without much thought to the specific impact to audio capabilities.

The Solution

  • The new SPARK Radio with 10 Mbps data rate can handle HD audio, as well as uncompressed audio, and multichannel streaming.
  • The SPARK Radio latency is 60x shorter than BLE providing a unique advantage in transmitting lost packets and ensuring uninterrupted service.
  • SPARK Radio uses an ultra low emission UWB spectrum from 3-6 GHz that does not interfere with any of the other narrow band standards such as BLE, Bluetooth, and WIFI.
  • The SPARK Radio is fully integrated radio and low-cost, while enabling significant advantages in power consumption, speed, bandwidth, latency and non-interference.

Simplifying Home Security

The Problem

  • The battery life of wireless devices is insufficient for many home security applications, leading to limited connectivity, bulky batteries or difficult maintenance.
  • Many devices require a power source due to the power drain of the wireless technology or if they do use batteries they are required to be changed or recharged often due to the wireless power drain.
  • Standard wireless solutions consume so much power that the battery life of devices is limited, yielding operating expenses or costly installations to get power to the desired location of the endpoint device.

The Solution

  • The new SR1000 family of devices from SPARK Microsystems can communicate with such low energy that it can be powered by a low cost solar cell or other energy harvesting devices and use a capacitive cell for energy storage.
  • This eliminates wires and batteries, and vastly simplifies the installation process and maintenance of the wireless endpoint devices.

Providing an Ultra Low Power/Cost Wireless Technology for Retail Tags

The Problem

  • Every store would like to have electronic tags for automated pricing and product updates. The biggest problem is the cost of the tag and more importantly the cost of installation.
  • All other wireless solutions require power hungry wireless solutions that either require a full electrical power installation or batteries that need to be swapped out too often.
  • In either case, the cost is too expensive, either upfront for the installation or the maintenance with all the batteries.

The Solution

  • The new SR1000 device from SPARK Microsystems can communicate with such low energy that it can be powered by a simple low cost solar cell with a capacitive cell for energy storage thus eliminating wires and batteries, vastly simplifying the installation process and extending the life of the tag indefinitely.
  • Unlike current tags, no infrared towers need to be installed reducing installation CapEx requirements significantly.
  • The SPARK Radio can be used in a mesh throughout the store, each tag relaying updates to the next tag, and so on.
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