NXP extends secure ultra-wideband portfolio

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Following the introduction of mobile and automotive UWB solutions, NXP has expanded its portfolio to now include new UWB ICs.

The company's new Trimension SR040 and SR150 ICs have been optimised to enable new IoT use cases such as smart locks and real-time location system (RTLS) tags, delivering “relative position” with a very high level of accuracy.

Trimension is the new designated brand name for NXP’s UWB platform – spanning solutions designed for the specific needs of the automotive, mobile and IoT markets.

"To accelerate the adoption of UWB and create meaningful new experiences, smart edge devices need to gain spatial awareness, whether it’s a smartphone, car, or different IoT device form factor,” said Rafael Sotomayor and EVP of BL Connectivity & Security with NXP. “Imagine the possibilities of moving through daily life with fewer barriers as devices anticipate our actions. Our new IoT ICs, combined with NXP’s connectivity portfolio, will help developers add dimensionality to devices and objects to make this vision possible.”

Trimension SR150 adds angle-of-arrival (AoA) technology for greater precision and is suited for the UWB enablement of all kinds of larger infrastructures, such as access control installations, indoor localization setups, and payment schemes, as well as consumer electronics. Several of the devices can be placed in a room as UWB anchors to help localize people and objects as they move.

The Trimension SR040 is designed for use in battery-operated IoT devices, including UWB trackers and tags, and can be integrated with Bluetooth Low Energy or other connectivity controllers in one device. Trimension OL23D0 complements the range of dedicated IoT solutions as an open, fully customer programmable UWB controller for IoT applications.

UWB enables doors to lock and unlock in response to the owner’s actual presence, or cars to be shared with a simple touch of a screen or accessed handsfree, and smart home automation systems that are able to follow their owners intuitively and efficiently from one room to another.

“With higher levels of accuracy in positioning capabilities along with increased data security compared to other RF technologies, UWB will significantly improve the handsfree access control user experience in places such as offices, hospitals, educational institutions, and homes,” said Ramesh Songukrishnasamy, HID Global, Senior Vice President and CTO. “Based on its fine-ranging capability, we also believe UWB will enable many new location-based services and device-to-device IoT applications both in consumer products and industrial applications.”