Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT


UWB solutions interoperable with Apple U1 chipset

23 June 2021 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

Qorvo announced the interoperability of its DW3000 family of products with the Apple U1 chip used in iPhone and Apple Watch models and with the new ‘Nearby Interaction’ protocol specification draft unveiled at the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference. This compatibility will enable developers to easily evaluate new app experiences based on location, distance and direction relative to a U1-equipped iPhone or Apple Watch.

The DW3000 is Qorvo's next-generation ultra-wideband (UWB) chipset family and is ramping into full production in four variants, along with several modules and beta development kits.

Compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4z standard, Qorvo UWB hardware and software solutions are also developed in accordance with the FiRa Consortium’s PHY and MAC specification. As a sponsor and board member of FiRa, Qorvo is dedicated to growing the UWB ecosystem and applying its technology and application expertise to help define specifications that ensure interoperability between different end products to create a seamless experience for consumers.

Global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research, forecasts that there will be 300 million UWB device shipments in 2021. "Smartphones will see an increase in the integration of UWB, providing users with the ability to accurately locate other UWB-enabled devices, unlock doors or vehicles and automatically wirelessly pay for products," said Stephanie Tomsett, research analyst at ABI Research.

Qorvo UWB products compatible with U1-enabled iPhone and Apple Watch models

Development kits

DWM3000EVB – based on the Qorvo DWM3000 module, this Arduino Shield development kit offers developers the flexibility to evaluate Qorvo UWB technology with the Nordic Semiconductor development kits nRF52832DK, nRF52833DK and nRF52840DK.

DWM3001CDK – based on the DWM3001C module, this kit is designed to offer a rapid prototyping solution to developers, offering JLINK-OB debug capabilities through USB and a licence-free, professional-grade IDE.

UWB software suite

Compatible with all Qorvo UWB products, from drivers to MAC to GUI and logging tools. Qorvo’s embedded software is compliant with the Apple Nearby Interaction protocol as well as the FiRa PHY/MAC specification.

UWB modules

DWM3000 – RF-only module integrating DW3110 chipset, antenna and power management and featuring an optimised RF layout to simplify design integration. The DWM3000 can easily interface via SPI to a wide range of microcontrollers.

DWM3001C – combines the Qorvo DW3110 UWB chipset with the Nordic nRF52833 BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) SoC and an accelerometer, making this an ideal platform for rapid prototyping of applications such as tags and access control.

UWB chipsets

DW3000 – second-generation family of four UWB chipsets (DW3110, DW3120, DW3210 and DW3220) optimised for low-power, battery-operated applications. Offers worldwide support on UWB channel 5 (6,5 GHz) and channel 9 (8 GHz) with data rates of up to 6,8 Mbps, while delivering precise positioning to within 10 cm for ranging and +/-5 degrees for angular measurement. Chipsets are available in QFN and CSP packages.

For more information contact Andrew Hutton, RF Design, +27 21 555 8400, andrew@rfdesign.co.za, www.rfdesign.co.za


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