NXP Semiconductors has started selling an ultra-wideband chip that enables smartphones and mobile devices to pinpoint each other’s location, ahead of the first product launches in the second half of 2020. Trying to establish the short-range radio as an industry standard, NXP is hoping to tap demand from key players in the smartphone market following the news that Apple added a custom ultra-wideband chip to the new iPhone.
Ultra-wideband is capable of measuring the distance between devices and telling them where they’re located relative to each other much more accuracy and much more securely than WiFi and Bluetooth. NXP’s short-range radio technology gets coordinates by calculating the time it takes for signals to travel between devices—for instance, a pair of smartphones that are both equipped with the new chip, called SR100T.
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