Devices are becoming increasingly intelligent and the line that once separated
them from the physical world is getting blurred more than ever.
“Ultra-Wideband (UWB) enables a seamless connection between devices and the
physical world in ways that lead to unprecedented user experiences. Its
unique property allows it to perform ranging with pinpoint accuracy while
using little power to send signals and ensure stable connectivity. These
capabilities make UWB relevant for automotive, mobile, IoT and Industrial
— Peter Pirc, Senior Marketing Manager UWB Mobile and IoT Solution at NXP
Here, we take a closer look into how you can benefit from the new
functionalities using a tailored set of
NXP development kits. NXP development tools are based on NXP Trimension
SR040, a dedicated portfolio of highly integrated UWB IoT solutions. Both
solutions are able to run UWB autonomously with all firmware running on the
chip. Also, our Trimension SR150 and SR040 UWB chips have been
to be interoperable with the Apple U1 chip in Apple devices.
Developers using MFi-certified NXP Trimension ICs will leverage the
interoperability with Apple U1 equipped devices and thus get their devices to
market faster. On-chip handling of all PHY/MAC operations within the UWB IC is
also compliant with FiRa Consortium™ specifications.
New Combinations of UWB and AR Made Possible
Using NXP’s range of development kits that interoperate with Apple's U1 chip,
you can now develop software features that help guide users towards nearby
objects and items. By using nearby interaction camera assistance mode, your
apps can direct users to an item equipped with a Trimension SR150 or SR040,
and can show its location in an AR view with on-screen navigation. This
functionality can be handy in several ways: imagine customer-built apps
helping you find demos at an exhibition or locating your bike among hundreds
of other bikes at a bicycle station or finding a specific item in a shop.
Accessory Background Sessions
NXP's Trimension SR150 and SR040
can also enable hands-free interactions with nearby objects and items. By
using nearby interaction's accessory background sessions, your apps can continue
to exchange real-time spatial information with paired devices that are
equipped with UWB, even when users aren't actively using your apps. This
brings a whole range of new possibilities. For example, being able to trigger
real-world actions hands-free means users can enjoy new experiences such as
starting a piece of music by just walking into a room or turning on a paired
e-bike for a workout by just getting on it.
Nearby interaction services let you interact with nearby devices
Grow the World of UWB Today
NXP offers UWB
for various use cases and regions. All of these kits support the new nearby
interaction features mentioned above.
Start developing your UWB-enabled accessories using NXP’s range of development
kits to interoperate with iOS devices or get more inspiration on UWB use-cases
in our virtual showroom demo:
NXP | Technology Showroom