Surging Wi-Fi traffic, new uses cases, and emerging IoT applications will result in a nearly 54% increase in wireless IC shipments by 2020, forecasts ABI Research. The short-range wireless connectivity market technologies—including ZigBee, Thread, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, and NFC—will continue to evolve to meet new market demands, as evident with various new and upcoming enhancements.
Anritsu Corp. has announced the availability of three new measurement software packages expanding the functions of the MT8870A Universal Wireless Test Set to support manufacturing tests of IoT/M2M applications.
Keysight Technologies Inc. introduced the enhanced U8903B audio analyzer with new Bluetooth® audio measurement capabilities. The Bluetooth option enables the U8903B to make high-performance Bluetooth audio testing for R&D, quality assurance and production tests in the consumer and professional audio and wireless communication industries.
Freescale Semiconductor, a leading provider of wireless microcontroller connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduces the new Kinetis KW41Z – the industry’s first multi-mode radio MCU to support concurrent operation of IEEE® 802.15.4 Thread and Bluetooth Smart/BLE connectivity while hosting associated applications.
Silicon Labs unveiled a dual-mode Bluetooth® Smart Ready module solution that gives embedded developers unparalleled flexibility to integrate both Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Basic Rate/Enhanced Data Rate (BR/EDR) wireless technologies while minimizing design time, cost and complexity.
Anaren Inc.’s Wireless Group announced the release of its first AIR for WICED™ smart bluetooth module and atmosphere on-line developer platform as part of a strategic engagement with Broadcom Corp. This relationship allows both companies to support designers, innovators, and end-equipment manufacturers. Among the specific features are the modules’ small size, low cost, and pre-certification to global standards and comprehensive technical support.
Anritsu Co. introduces an option for its MT8852B Bluetooth test set that supports the Data Length Extension associated with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) as part of the latest Bluetooth Core Specification version 4.2.
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.