Nokia Introduces New Personal Network Protocol
Oct 3, 2006, 1:21 AM by (staff)
Nokia Research in cooperation with wireless chip manufacturer Broadcom and others has developed a new standard to allow small devices to communicate with each other over short distances. Wibree is a low power wireless protocol that can transmit at up to 1 Mbps at distances of up to 10 meters. It is not designed as a replacement for Bluetooth, but as a complement to it. Sports sensors, input devices and other light data peripherals like watches can use a tiny dedicated Wibree radio to communicate with a mobile device, which can use a combination Bluetooth / Wibree chip for maximum personal networking options. The Wibree specification is under review and should be complete in the second half of 2007.
WattUp Distance Wireless Charging Coming To Major-Brand Phone
Energous has revealed that a "tier 1" consumer electronics company has agreed to implement WattUp wireless charging technology in a number of consumer products, including a phone. WattUp is an RF-based wireless charging technology that can be implemented in a number of ways, including transmitters that can send power wirelessly up to 15 feet, using a large array of antennas and beam-forming technology to send focused energy in the 5.8 GHz radio band.
Bluetooth 5 Released By Bluetooth SIG
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the core Bluetooth 5 specification. Bluetooth 5 was first announced earlier this year and is now available in final form to technology companies.
Broadcom Intros New Wi-Fi Chip for Smartphones
Broadcom today announced the BCM4358, a high-end Wi-Fi radio for flagship smartphones and tablets. The BCM4358 employs an 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO configuration for improved throughput and speeds, which Broadcom says can reach 650Mbps.
Broadcom Chip Supports Multiple Wireless Charging Standards
Broadcom today announced a new system-on-a-chip that supports all of the wireless charging standards, including the Alliance for Wireless Power, the Power Matters Alliance, and the Wireless Power Consortium. The multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU) works automatically with all the standards, allowing device makers to support them all in a single piece of hardware.
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Why not use Zigbee?