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Blu Wireless Technology secures backing from ARM


Blu Wireless Technology secures backing from ARM

Strategic corporate partnership will target 5G Mobile Edge Computing and other high performance networking infrastructure applications

Bristol, UK, February 22, 2017 – Blu Wireless Technology Ltd, the leading supplier of semiconductor and system IP for millimetre wave (mmWave) and high bandwidth wireless communications markets, has received a significant investment from ARM and other strategic and private investors. This will allow the companies’ mutual customers to deploy high performance mmWave and software defined networks (SDN) demanded for the cost-effective deployment of the forthcoming 5G standard.

10Gbps-class mmWave modems based on the Blu Wireless HYDRA baseband technology are […]

February 22, 2017|Company, millimetre wave, Press releases, WiGig|

WiGig® in smartphones – our favourite pre-MWC rumours and what will drive WiGig growth in 2017

MWC is the second big event of the tech year, with pretty much every mobile firm (bar Apple, of course) heading to Barcelona to show off their latest handsets.

Rumours, which often turn out to be very accurate given CES is just 8 weeks before it, are already circulating for many of the handset manufacturers. This includes the behemoths of Sony and Samsung … to the phoenix from the flames brands of Nokia and Blackberry, which have major launches scheduled at the show.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, Google’s Pixel and WiGig certification

Before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s worth looking at news from […]

February 21, 2017|Blogs, WiGig|

WiGig®everywhere at CES 2017

CES was a key event for WiGig, here are our top 5 highlights:

CES was probably our busiest ever this year, with WiGig featuring prominently at the show and

systems running it making it into the highlight pieces of many of the major consumer tech news


While time was limited I did manage to get a quick walk round and check out some of the best

systems in development and on display. Here are, for me, the shows WiGig highlights:

1) TPCast WiGig peripheral for the HTC Vive

It’s not surprising to see VR in the top spot, this was one of the hottest technologies of […]

January 17, 2017|Blogs, VR, WiGig|

WiGig® enabled technologies – CES 2017

Last year’s CES saw WiGig enabled technologies take a leading role, with VR and Video again being the hot topics in 2017,  WiGig is set for an even bigger show


CES officially starts tomorrow with the usual press-preview event (CES Unveiled) being held yesterday, with many of the more interesting consumer technologies from the world’s biggest brands showcased for national and gadget journalists from around the world. Last year saw the technology play its first significant role at CES, with a series of ‘world first’ announcements made for products incorporating WiGig (802.11ad […]

January 4, 2017|Blogs, VR, WiGig|

IEEE 802.11ad (WiGig’s) future in virtual reality (VR) systems


One of the biggest application stories hitting the consumer tech and the national press over the past year has been VR. It appears that the Oculus Rift headset – arguably the best known – received over 29,000 items of coverage in October alone and consumer interest has only increased since then.

In its 2016 CES summary Cnet wrote “Everyone wanted a piece of virtual reality at this year’s CES”, and it was not alone in that statement. Similar headlines abounded at IFA 2016 too, with Mashable declaring “smart appliances and virtual reality took center stage.”

Since that date consumer interest […]

December 21, 2016|Blogs, VR, WiGig|

On 5G millimetre wave technology and why wireless is the new wired

Last  month I presented to Tech UK on 5G millimetre wave technology for fixed wireless access, particularly looking at the demands and challenges of advancing throughput speeds for urban connections.

Current state

If we look at the current state of web connectivity – I’ve used the US as an example due to both its huge population and it being in the top 5 of average broadband speeds globally – there are approximately 92 million broadband subscribers in the country, with cable providers vastly dominating the market there. Ookla’s data from H1 2016 states its average fixed download speeds are 55.0 Mbps […]

November 4, 2016|Blogs, millimetre wave|

Blu Wireless Technology has contributed to a new European white paper from the ETSI standards organisation

Blu Wireless Technology has contributed to a new European white paper from the ETSI standards organisation entitled “mmWave Semiconductor Industry Technologies: Status and Evolution.” The paper is the combined work of authors from leading companies in the industry and looks at semiconductor technology performance in mmWave applications. As experts in implementing gigabit wireless communications systems, we were invited to contribute with an overview of baseband analogue front end (AFE) technology. Download the full paper here.

ETSI chapter

August 1, 2016|Blogs|

Push VoD and 4K content – Sky Q Silver takes us a little closer

Next month will see Sky’s Q box get an update, with the launch of the Sky Q Silver enabling 4K content.

Sky Q is the UK based broadcaster’s latest set top box platform and is a considerable move towards true Push VoD. The first Sky Q, 1080p, box was launched earlier this year and takes the same content / TV channels that you had through the standard PVR and allows its subscribers to watch live, downloaded and recorded video on other TVs, as well as phones and laptops.

The system uses a […]

July 22, 2016|Blogs, WiGig|

FCC announces 64 to 71 GHz band above WiGig® – what are the immediate implications?

Interesting news coming out of the US – The FCC is announcing new rules for high frequency (over 24 GHz) wireless broadband operations and opening almost 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for mobile and fixed use wireless broadband.

Specifically, some of this is being made available in the licensed bands: 28 GHz (27.5-28.35 GHz), 37 GHz (37-38.6 GHz), and 39 GHz (38.6-40 GHz) bands, but of particular relevance is a new unlicensed band at 64- 71 GHz – which effectively extends the unlicensed 60GHz band (which 802.11ad broadband, aka WiGig, uses).

The release also states towards the end that: “The FNPRM seeks […]

July 18, 2016|Blogs, WiGig|