Keysight Technologies Inc. announced that Sharp Communication Compliance (SCC) Ltd., an independent test laboratory that focuses on testing for the wireless communications industry, selected the Keysight T1111S Bluetooth® RF platform for use in its RF classic and low energy test lab.
To help manufacturers easily add Wi-Fi® and dual-mode Bluetooth® to embedded applications,Texas Instruments (TI) announced the WiLink™ 8 combo connectivity modules, which supports Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
According to ABI Research, the share of stand-alone Bluetooth ICs will be about 40 percent by the end of 2014, down from 42 percent in 2013, and by the end of 2019 that share will remain at 40 percent.
Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announces S110 SoftDevice v7.0, the next major release of its Bluetooth® low energy stack, for the nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy and 2.4GHz proprietary System-on-Chip (SoC) and the nRF51422 ANT™ and ANT/Bluetooth low energy multiprotocol SoCs.
In 2013 10 percent of the remote controls shipped with major home consumer equipment will be RF-enabled. Over the next five years there will be a major surge in RF technology adoption for remote controls as vendors look to differentiate their products, and/or drive growth in smart home services. While at the same time RF solutions continue to fall in price, implementations become more simplified and lower powers are achieved.
Laird, a global technology company, announced the release of the high performance Class 1 Bluetooth 700 Series modules, which includes both the BT730 and BT740 variant modules. Mass production quantities of modules and the associated development kits are available now from all Laird global distributors.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced new voice-enabled ZigBee® RF4CE™ and Bluetooth® Smart remote control development kits that will bring advanced voice features to more remotes and more consumers. Working with Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of voice and language solutions, TI’s new remote control solutions deliver high-quality voice recognition powered by Nuance’s Dragon TV in a limited bandwidth stream without quality loss or impact on the results.
The growth of Bluetooth v4.0 (Smart and Smart Ready) devices has been phenomenal, from zero shipments in 2010 to over 1 billion shipments in 2013. This speaks to the desire for ultra-low power wireless technology across the industry.