Decawave Releases First Ultra-Wideband Chipset for Mobile Transaction Security

February 6, 2019 Laura Dolan

Decawave is in the final development phase of its next generation UWB chipsets designed for meeting the demand for increased mobile transaction security and will be the world’s first to support the new IEEE 802.15.4z (4z) standard.

The chipsets’ new platform will provide a maximum of 6x power consumption reduction over the current technology and will support the 8GHz band (Channel 9), allowing worldwide operation. Various products will be available to address the needs of mobile, automotive, consumer and industrial customers.

The new 4z standard counters the current Decawave driven 4a standard (802.15.4-2015) by meeting highly secure, high precision, location awareness and location services needs.

Essential additions include:

  • Complete secure ranging scheme as a result of a cyphered preamble and data frame
  • The addition of higher data-rate modes up to 27Mbps with long-range capability
  • The backwards compatibility to the currently existing 15.4a standard

“Today’s mobile devices do an amazing job of combining multiple capabilities into a single device. However, as they increasingly act as the central hub for our lives, it is clear the next generation will need dramatically better security around digital wireless transactions to combat increasingly sophisticated attackers,” said Ciaran Connell, Decawave’s CEO and co-founder. “Our new 4z based chips enable a step-change in security for home and auto access, financial transactions and many other uses across smart cities using smartphones, wearables and other connected devices.”

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