Backscatter wireless startup promises IP core by year end

Backscatter wireless startup promises IP core by year end

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By Peter Clarke

The tip came as HaiLa announced it has raised $5 million in a seed round of funding led by Chrysalix Ventures.

The company is developing a low-power WiFi data communications platform for IoT applications that piggy backs data signalling on ambient Wi-Fi carriers. By reducing RF power it possible to increase the life and cost of ownership of wireless sensors

HaiLa was founded as Wavelite in 2017 in Montreal Canada by Charlotte Savage, who is now the company’s Chief Innovation Officer. The company is within an environment where this research strand is popular.

Jeeva Wireless Inc. (Seattle, Wash.) is deploying a backscatter technology capable of 1Mbps at room scale and 10kbps at ranges up to 100 meters while consuming less than 100microwatts of power during transmissions. Spark Microsystems employs an ultrawideband approach to communications and like HaiLa is based in Montreal.

Recently appointed CEO Ole Christian Andersen said the funds would be used to demonstrate the manufacturability of HaiLa’s technology and secure first-tier customers.

HaiLa uses a backscattering technique to modulate digital sensor data on top of ambient signals of multiple protocols while maintaining the integrity of the signal. This allows HaiLa sensor tags to be used with multiple wireless protocols, reducing deployment costs and risks.

Andersen said HaiLa would provide access to the HaiLa Wi-Fi IP core by the end of 2020.

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