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Ultra Low Power Impulse Radio UWB Transceiver for Localization and streaming applications.

Macro Name  ULP IR-UWB Radio
Type Hard IP
Short Description(max 128 characters)  Ultra Low Power Impulse Radio UWB Transceiver for Localization and streaming applications
Extra description (optional) Imec offers a white-box IP license with support on a Impulse Radio Ultra-Wideband (IR-UWB) operates in the bandwidth between 6 and 9GHz. The radio is compliant to the IEEE802.15.4a and features proprietary modes that enhance the low power performance. The pulse based communication enables a very scalable air interface in terms of data rate, power consumption, latency, etc. Data rates range from 110 kbps to 27 Mbps. IR-UWB enables very low power transmitter design, the radio also features a low power implementation of the receiver. A complete radio is offered, including the RF front-end and digital baseband, algorithms for low power frequency tracking, synchronization and localization, proprietary antennas as well as a source code for the HW drivers for demonstration purposes.
Market category Consumer Electronics - Automotive - Industrial and medical
Primary Category  Analog & Mixed Signal IP:RF:Transceiver
Node / process 90nm CMOS
Foundry  TSMC
Maturity  Silicon proven on prototypes, hence only white-box license (no corner characterization performed for high volume production)
Leaflet or datasheet URL  
Conference where this IP has been published ISSC2012
Paper publication URL Download the publication here
Chip area(for Hard IP only) (um**2) 5100000 (TX, incl DBB), 2560000 (Rx)
Width (for Hard IP only) (um) 3400 (TX, incl DBB), 1600 (Rx)
Height (for Hard IP only) (um) 1500 (TX, incl DBB), 1600 (Rx)
  • Ultra-low-power IR-UWB Transceiver (AFE+DBB)
  • 6-9 GHz band operation
  • 802.15.4a and proprietary mode
  • Flexible data rate from 110kbps to 27Mbps
  • Tx power consumption of 3.5mW @ 1Mbps
  • Rx power consumption of 9mW @ 1 Mbps
  • Rx sensitivity of -82dBm @ 1Mbps
  • Maximum output power of +13dBm
  • Real-time localization: High accuracy <10cm with line of sight
  • Audio streaming: 12m range @ 475 kbps, 5ms latency
Deliverables whitebox IP license with technology transfer, training and support