BeSpoon demonstrates miniature tags for precise indoor location

 

Le Bourget du Lac / Santa Clara, Novembre 19th

BeSpoon is showcasing miniature tags for precise indoor location at the Internet of Things exhibition organized by IDTechEx in Santa Clara, California.

“After packing a full location system into a tiny chip, says Jean-Marie André, the next logical step was to demonstrate a standalone tag in operation. Within a few cubic centimeters, we have squeezed all the features needed to locate very precisely this tag.”

Earlier this year, BeSpoon demonstrated distance measurement over long ranges, with precision of a few inches.

Come and see the real thing in action at the Internet of Things conference in Santa Clara.

About BeSpoon

BeSpoon is a fabless semiconductor company. We cracked the individual positioning problem. Our chips can track items or individuals to within a few centimeters. To achieve that, we measure the time of flight of an ultra wide band signal with a precision of 125 picoseconds! This opens fantastic opportunities to monitor assets, enable precise indoor location and ultimately keep track of all our belongings on our phones. For more information, please visit www.BeSpoon.com

 

BeSpoon wins award among fierce competition

Le Bourget du Lac, May 29th

BeSpoon has received an award at a gathering of top startups at Venture 4i. Over 100 high tech companies applied to the event, and 35 of them were eventually shortlisted. Three companies made it to the awards, including Abionic (a Swiss startup) and BeSpoon.

Jean-Marie André received the award from Edith Cresson, former Prime Minister, and noted: « The quality of fellow startups was exceptional, and it is a great satisfaction to be distinguished by investors themselves. Venture capitalists voted BeSpoon a bankable startup, an outstanding investment case. It is a great sign of confidence, as we are planning to raise funds next year. »

 

(Crédit photo: Alain FISCHER 2013, Ville de Grenoble)

 

BeSpoon pitching at Venture 4i

 

BeSpoon joins the club of Top Alpine Ventures

 

Le Bourget du Lac, May 13th

BeSpoon has been shortlisted to pitch at the Venture 4i. This event is collocated with the Forum 4i technology showcase, where we are also exhibiting. Experience our technology and meet us in Grenoble on May 23rd!

 

 

BeSpoon in the spotlights of Forum 4i

Le Bourget du Lac, May 7th

BeSpoon is proud to announce that it was selected to demonstrate its technology at the Forum 4i technology showcase. This event put a special focus on the hottest innovations of the year in Rhone-Alpes.

Come and meet us in Grenoble, on May 23rd.

About BeSpoon

BeSpoon is a fabless semiconductor company. We cracked the individual positioning problem. Our chips can track items or individuals to within a few centimeters. To achieve that, we measure the time of flight of an ultra wide band signal with a precision of 125 picoseconds! This opens fantastic opportunities to monitor assets, enable precise indoor location and ultimately keep track of all our belongings on our phones. For more information, please visit www.BeSpoon.com

 

BeSpoon and Leti Establish World Record Distance Measurement on a Single Chip

 

BeSpoon and Leti Establish World Record

Distance Measurement on a Single Chip

 

Extend Inch-level Accuracy of Impulse Radio Ultra-Wideband

To Unparalleled Operation Ranges

 

 

LE BOURGET DU LAC and GRENOBLE, France – April 17, 2013 – BeSpoon, a fabless semiconductor company, and CEA-Leti have demonstrated an IR-UWB integrated circuit able to measure distances within a few centimeters’ accuracy, and have established a world-record operating range at 880m (standard regulation) and 3,641m (emergency situations).

Impulse radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) is recognized as an ideal technology for indoor applications, both in terms of accuracy and robustness. It measures distances to within a few centimeters’ precision and is not affected by walls or people passing by.

The BeSpoon and Leti collaboration overcame two challenges sometimes associated with this technology: the difficulty integrating it on a single chip and its perceived limited operating range.

The chip jointly designed by BeSpoon and Leti features a full-blown IR-UWB CMOS-integrated transceiver that is able to perform accurate distance measurements. The standalone chip (RF front-end and digital base band) is designed for a straightforward integration within smartphones or set-top boxes.

Furthermore, BeSpoon has demonstrated the capability to comply with the strict regulation of IR-UWB, and yet operate up to 880m in line of sight. A world record distance measurement has been established at 3,641 meters, in compliance with the regulation for emergency situations.

“Indoor location is only beginning and, very soon, robustness and precision will be key to offering great new services,” said Jean-Marie André, BeSpoon CEO. “Mobile geofencing is another exciting development of our technology.”

“This achievement capitalizes on the UWB expertise Leti has developed over the past 12 years,” said Laurent Malier, CEO of Leti. “The world record distance measurement is a major milestone in our partnership with BeSpoon, and a source of great satisfaction for the people involved in this collaboration.”

 

About CEA-Leti

Leti is an institute of CEA, a French research-and-technology organization with activities in energy, IT, healthcare, defence and security. Leti is focused on creating value and innovation through technology transfer to its industrial partners. It specializes in nanotechnologies and their applications, from wireless devices and systems, to biology, healthcare and photonics. NEMS and MEMS are at the core of its activities. An anchor of the MINATEC campus, CEA-Leti operates 8,000-m² of state-of-the-art clean room space on 200mm and 300mm wafer platforms. It employs 1,700 scientists and engineers including 320 Ph.D. students and 200 assignees from partner companies. CEA-Leti owns more than 2,200 patent families.

For more information, visit www.leti.fr.

 

About BeSpoon

BeSpoon is a fabless semiconductor company. We cracked the individual positioning problem. Our chips can track items or individuals to within a few centimeters. To achieve that, we measure the time of flight of an ultra wide band signal with a precision of 125 picoseconds! This opens fantastic opportunities to monitor assets, enable precise indoor location and ultimately keep track of all our belongings on our phones. For more information, please visit www.BeSpoon.com

 

Press contacts

CEA-Leti        +33 4 38 78 02 26                          pierre-damien.berger@cea.fr

Agency         +33 1 70 29 08 59                          sldampoux@santisassociates.com

 

BeSpoon selected by DGA, the French defence agency

Le Bourget du Lac, France

BeSpoon has been awarded a program by DGA, the French Defence Agency, in order to apply the capabilities of our Ultra Wide Band chipset to specific defence  needs.

DGA will fund product enhancements and make sure BeSpoon state of the art technology can be leveraged to power sensor networks, implement furtive communications and offer precise location services even in the harshest of conditions.