Next Generation of UWB Technology Enables Security & Precision Sensing in Wireless Devices

At their annual developer conference in the Silicon Valley, NXP Semiconductors has announced the development of its UWB technology for a broad range of markets, including mobile, automotive, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and industrial. NXP’s new UWB technology brings secure ranging and precision sensing creating a new dimension of spatial context for wireless devices. This strategic announcement sets the stage for UWB-enabled use cases likely to emerge in the market as soon as 2020. 

About NXP UWB Technology:

This new generation of UWB is a major evolutionary step from the existing wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Its ability to process contextual information such as the position of the UWB anchor, its movements, and distance to other devices with unprecedented precision of a few centimeters, enables decision making and management of these devices to take place with high granularity.

NXP's UWB technology enables accurate localization capabilities. Doors and points of entry can open once approaching them. Lights, audio speakers and other connected devices with sensors will be able to follow consumers from one room to another, and smart connected technology will blend in more intuitively in people’s lives.

Advantages of NXP's UWB Technology:

•     UWB higher bandwidth channel provides greater instantaneous precision than existing wireless technologies in challenging environments, leading to an accuracy of a few centimeters.

•     UWB enables latency-sensitive applications, such as access, gaming, and AR, by an efficient Time-of-Flight calculation.

•     UWB adds a new level of security to car key fobs and can prevent relay attacks by distinguishing the authentic signal from the relayed/spoofed signal.

NXP is sampling solutions to its early access partners and demonstrated the UWB capabilities at NXP Connects. NXP Connects was held at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Convention Center on 12-13 June.