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The new york times sparkmicrosystems
The New York Times
“Because of its greater efficiency at transmitting data, ultrawideband could make future wireless devices immensely better, Mr. Nabki said. As an example, he cited cord-free earphones that connect instantly, use very little battery and sound as good as wired ones. That sounds much cooler than finding house keys.”
CNET spark microsystems
“Spark Microsystems use UWB for data transfer, but most tech giants like it for measuring location precisely”
EE Times
“The investors are driven by the potential of “battery-less” wireless connectivity that Spark Microsystems said it enables with its SR1000 UWB wireless transceiver ICs for internet of things (IoT) and consumer electronics device applications.”
Yahoo Finance
“SPARK Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company leading the way in ultra-low power, ultra-low latency wireless communications, announces the closing of a CDN$17.5 million equity financing to accelerate commercialization. “
“Discover how SPARK’s energy-efficient ultra wideband chip is set to revolutionize the audio world” featuring SPARK Microsystems’ Cofounder/CTO, Frederic Nabki on Radio-Canada (French version only)”
betakit spark Microsystems
“The Series A round was led by cleantech investor Cycle Capital and included new investors ND Capital and Export Development Canada. Existing investor Real Ventures also participated, as did former Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and Sanjay K. Jha, the former CEO of GlobalFoundries.”
“SPARK Microsystems Announces CDN$17.5 Million Financing Led by Cycle Capital to Drive Commercialization
« C’est prêt à être pleinement commercialisé », affirme Fares Mubarak, PDG de Spark Microsystems. « Nous avons déjà des preuves de concept avec des fabricants d’équipements de jeux vidéo, nous avons envoyé des dizaines de milliers d’unités à de petites entreprises de l’industrie. »
EE Times Silicon 100
EE Times Silicon 100
“For short range applications, up to about 100 meters, Spark claims that its UWB transceiver can achieve energy efficiencies of 1 nJ/bit — a factor of 30 below Bluetooth Low Energy — along with megabit-per-second data rates. The system also has low latency, opening up duplex applications, and has great inherent immunity to electromagnetic interference.”
 EE Times Europe

“The Spark transceiver’s power consumption, typically 1 nJ/bit, is also significantly lower than BLE’s — typically 40× lower when operating at 1 Mbps. With a data transfer rate up to 10× higher than BLE’s, the SR1000 series’ 10-Mbps capability suits content-rich applications, such as video streaming, for which high-bandwidth, low-latency links are essential.

The SR1000 series thus will address the requirements of products such as gaming peripherals and audio and AR/VR headsets, which would otherwise need to be wired to meet power and latency targets. It will also address the power, latency, and data-streaming requirements of smart home devices and battery-less IoT sensors.”
CNET spark microsystems
“Spark’s UWB chips transfer data at as fast as 20 megabits per second. That’s 10 times fast than  Bluetooth 5 at 2Mbps… At a 1Mbps connection, Spark’s UWB link uses 40 times less battery power than Bluetooth.”
RFID Journal
“The chip can be used for location data, utilizing time of flight positioning, with up to 30-centimeter (11.8-inch) location accuracy at 110 meters (361 feet). But it is primarily designed to transmit data, including sensor information, audio and video streaming. The system could be used with smart homes and buildings (for security, smart appliances and smart assistants) and with mobile devices (wearables, body-area networks and peripherals).”

“Communications link latency hampers the immersive user experience. Compared to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which typically has an airtime of a few milliseconds causing noticeable latency of tens of milliseconds, the SR1000 UWB transceiver can send 1 kb of data in only 50 µs.”

“The SR1000 transceiver series offers an extremely low latency symmetrical bi-directional data link coupled with ultra-low power consumption and provides high quality of service to support the uninterrupted low power and low latency streaming of data.”
EENews Analog
EENews Analog
“The SR10X0 family of transceivers is so energy efficient that it opens up the prospect of battery-less wireless sensors for use in IoT.”
“This will address the requirements of products like gaming peripherals and audio and AR/VR headsets, which would otherwise need to be wired to meet power and latency targets. It also addresses the power, latency and data streaming requirements of smart home devices and battery-less internet of things (IoT) sensors.”