Dublin Ireland — DecaWave, a Dublin-based pioneering fabless semiconductor company, has announced that US sensor innovator MicroStrain, Inc. has chosen to implement DecaWave’s ScenSor wireless radio chips.
The combination of DecaWave ScenSor’s ultra wide band (UWB) radio technology with MicroStrain’s energy harvesting wireless sensor networks will lead to significant breakthroughs towards the realization of widespread sensing networks. The machines and structures of the future will be loaded with a rich network of tiny wireless sensing nodes — that automatically monitor and report on structural and operational health — without the need for battery maintenance.
MicroStrain’s sensors are used in a wide range of applications, including knee/spine implants, bridges, unmanned vehicles, heavy machinery, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters. The wireless nature of many of these applications necessitates ultra low power and energy harvesting. DecaWave’s ScenSor offers an ultra-low complexity coherent receiver, simultaneously giving MicroStrain the benefits of superior range at ultra-low power consumption. The two firms connected during a November 2008 trade mission spearheaded by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
DecaWave’s flagship product ScenSor is a complete, single chip CMOS ultra-wideband IC based on the IEEE 802.15.4a standard. The resulting silicon has a wide range of standards-based applications for both Ultra Low Power Wireless Transceivers and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS).
Filed Under: Semiconductor, Wireless, Energy management + harvesting, Networks • connectivity • fieldbuses, Sensors (position + other)