imec partner with Japan based ROHM Semiconductor for developing ultra-low power (ULP) radio technology for small battery-operated wireless devices.
Imec claims its ULP radios reduce power consumption between three to ten times that of today’s radios and are compliant with latest RF wireless standards, such as Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee.
“Combining application, circuits and technology know-how, imec/Holst Centre provides a complete solution, shortening the time-to-market for our industrial partners,” said Harmke de Groot, program director ULP wireless technologies at imec/Holst Centre. “We are pleased that ROHM Semiconductor has joined our ULP wireless systems R&D program. This partnership reinforces the value of our research to leading industrial semiconductor companies.”
"ROHM Semiconductor is committed to supplying high quality wireless products to the market with ever increasing power efficiency," said Koji Taniuchi, Unit leader at Incubation Unit, R&D Headquarters, within ROHM Co., Ltd. "We further improve on our current strengths in the low power wireless communication LSI , by integrating a low power consumption PLL that is co-developed with imec. We expect that in the near future these results become standard technology in wireless sensor networks."