First TV White Space transceiver chip released

TTP White Space Trial iPadThe first TV White Space transceiver chip has been released by Cambridge-Based Neul.

Branded as Iceni, after the East Anglian tribe, the chip is capable of tuning across the UHF TV white space spectrum (470 – 790MHz). It is suitable for the delivery of long-range wireless, non-line-of-sight connectivity to previously unreachable applications and locations for both machine-to-machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IoT), as well as for applications in wireless broadband.

Developed by the team behind the world’s first single-chip Bluetooth device, Iceni communicates using white space radio to access the high quality UHF spectrum that has become available following analogue switch off.

“The M2M and IoT space is growing tremendously in a number of markets including oil and gas, utilities, automation and more. When we looked at existing solutions and compared them to the promise of white space, we uncovered an opportunity to help build smart infrastructure and applications at huge cost savings, without sacrificing bandwidth or reliability,” said James Collier, founder and CEO of Neul. “The Iceni chip allows us to connect to devices that were previously unreachable. This opens up entirely new options for connectivity in healthcare, transport, education, heavy industry and more. We are pleased to have reached this milestone in the charge to make white space networks and services available to those game-changing applications.”

Samples of the Iceni chip are being distributed to chosen partners.