Feeds

Intel pours VC cash into Digital Home

Look mum, no wires

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Intel's venture investment arm, Intel Capital, has made four investments in companies developing technologies for the digital home, including two firms involved with ultra-wide band (UWB). Terms were undisclosed

Ultra-wide band is like Bluetooth on steroids. The wireless technology can transmit digital data over a wide spectrum of frequency bands with very low power. A digital video recorder could, for instance, wirelessly send digital content from a digital TV. "All wires in the room, except for the power cord, should be eliminated," Intel CTO Patrick Gelsinger told reporters at the Intel Developer Forum in Barcelona this week. "However, when you do that you can't rely on existing technologies such as Wi-Fi. It would take all my Wi-Fi bandwidth just to do an uncompressed data stream."

Last year, Intel ditched plans to introduce competing standards for ultra wideband and opted instead to merge their ideas into a single proposal to the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It is now working on products and chipsets. Gelsinger expects the first applications to be on the market next year.

The two UWB investments are Staccato Communications and Wisair. Staccato is a fabless semiconductor company in San Diego, developing the first UWB silicon in all-CMOS to enable low-cost, high data rate wireless connectivity for emerging wireless USB and wireless 1394 applications.

Wisair, based in Tel Aviv, develops solutions based on UWB technology for high performance wireless communication. The company has a chipset that enables the implementation of low cost, low power and high bit-rate communications modules and system solutions for the fast-emerging home and office connectivity market. The company recently announced its first multiband OFDM-compliant UWB radio frequency transceiver chip.

Intel Capital has also pumped money into Digital 5, a consumer electronics networking firm, and Trymedia Systems, a secure distribution technology and services provider. All investments were made through the firm's $200m Digital Home Fund. ®

Related stories

Future rosy for UltraWideBand
UWB group dumps IEEE to speed wireless USB, 1394
UWB standard delay likely for a year (or more)
Intel vs Motorola - This time over ultra-wide band wireless

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.