New eBook on The State of UWB in 2022 describing the 7 trends that define the success of UWB, technology benefits, key players and the domination Industry 4.0 applications.
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The State of UWB in 2022 Trend 3

The State of UWB in 2022 Trend 3
Elly Schietse
Jul 26, 2022

The State of UWB in 2022

7 Trends that shape the RTLS landscape

Trend #3 Semiconductors to choose from propagate technology adoption & avoid vendor lock-in

With the standardization maturing to guarantee future-proof solutions, it was Decawave (currently Qorvo) to release the first commercial UWB radio chip in 2013 to support the IEEE 802.15.4 - 2015 version, under which still resides the bulk of the currently shipped and used UWB devices today.

The most recent IEEE 802.15.4z, optimized for commercial UWB use and released at the end of 2020 is supported today by Qorvo’s new generation chipset and by NXP. Additional semiconductor vendors are ready to complete the list: Apple, producing its own U1 UWB chips (the “U” stands for UWB), ST Micro, and imec have all invested heavily in the development of UWB chips, which further confirms that UWB is the rising star in the firmament.

UWB is on the verge of becoming the next essential component technology, like GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth before it. Already shipping in millions of smartphones and cars, and across more than 40 other verticals, UWB is enabling accurate indoor location services, secure communications, context-aware user interfaces and advanced analytics, making it ideally suited to Industry 4.0 applications.

Eric Creviston, President of Qorvo

It is clear that the landscape of UWB chips available for commercial use is rapidly expanding. Each of the vendors has developed radio chips to support specific IEEE 802.15.4 standard versions and the different standard alliances (applications) that operate in different communication channels. The succeeding chipset product development cycles result in lower power consumption, smaller form-factor, and support for a broader range of features.

Technologies will never become globally successful when based on an exclusive offering. The industry adoption is fueled by the variety of semiconductor offerings to choose from to allow competition (on specs and features) to avoid the much-loathed vendor lock-in and to allow future interoperability between different UWB devices. And obviously, as the production of UWB chips continues to ramp up over time it holds the promise of a lower price.

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7 trends are key drivers for UWB success

eBook Content

Introduction & short history of UWB - analyst predictions

10 Benefits of UWB

#1 Chip interoperability is guaranteed through a solid IEEE standard

#2 Global regulations enable worldwide coverage

#3 Semiconductors to choose from propagate adoption & avoid vendor lock-in

#4 Application standardization is secured by alliances & consortiums

#5 UWB is the growing star in the center of active research

#6 Mature RTLS deployment tools bolster quick and reliable RTLS solutions

#7 Growing RTLS ecosystem boosts application confidence

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