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SPARK Micosystems Blog: SPARK and the Canadian Semiconductor Opportunity: A Global Endeavor with Local Roots

SPARK and the Canadian Semiconductor Opportunity: A Global Endeavor with Local Roots

Gathering together key industry and government decision-makers from Canada and the US, Canada’s Semiconductor Summit helped establish priorities and define opportunities to enhance the competitiveness of Canada’s semiconductor sector in the context of tectonic shifts reshaping the global economy. The CSC acknowledges some important new realities.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: SPARK UWB Makes History in Industry’s First UWB Powered Consumer Audio Devices

SPARK UWB Makes History in Industry’s First UWB Powered Consumer Audio Devices

We congratulate Sonus Faber for their technical achievement and vision. They have broken a major barrier in premium-quality, wireless audio delivery, and they’ve made history in the process. SPARK is proud to play a part in the Duetto design, enabling the high-performance, low latency wireless link between the two Duetto speakers.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: SPARK UWB Video Demonstrations: Visualize the Bandwidth, Latency, Positioning and Power Benefits

SPARK UWB Video Demonstrations: Visualize the Bandwidth, Latency, Positioning and Power Benefits

We’re delighted to share a library of video demonstrations showcasing SPARK UWB technology for a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. Beginning with an Introduction to SPARK UWB technology, this video series helps visualize the myriad advantages delivered with SPARK connectivity: High data rates, ultra-low latency and precise positioning/ranging.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: Are 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth Wireless Mice Interfering with Your Game Play?

Are 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth Wireless Mice Interfering with Your Game Play?

It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that gamers have had to contend with persistent interference issues when it comes to wireless mice, headsets, etc. Among the longstanding gripes that SPARK UWB has arrived to solve: The frustrating congestion and signal interference that continues to haunt narrowband Bluetooth and proprietary 2.4 GHz implementations.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: Apple’s Vison Pro Headsets and The Future of Spatial Computing

SPARK Microsystems Blog: Apple’s Vison Pro Headsets and The Future of Spatial Computing

All eyes were on Apple for the recent launch of its much-anticipated Vision Pro headset. As with previous Apple device introductions (iPod, iPhone, iPad – all were historic in their own right), the new Vision Pro is an engineering marvel in multiple dimensions. The impossibly sophisticated technology that’s been carefully integrated within the Apple Vision Pro is seriously impressive. Its capabilities – too numerous to detail here – are a testament to Apple’s innovation in, what it calls, spatial computing.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: Wireless Gaming Mice Have a New Performance Standard: Latency

SPARK Microsystems Blog: Wireless Gaming Mice Have a New Performance Standard: Latency

While polling rate will remain an important differentiator among mice, when it comes to wireless gaming mice, expect to hear pro gamers and product reviewers alike talking more and more about latency going forward. The new breed of wireless esports mice should also be assessed for their latency, because ultra-fast polling rates may provide little advantage if the performance gains are squandered in latency.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: With UWB, Wireless Gaming Mice Are Finally Levelling the Playing Field with Wired Mice in Esports

SPARK Microsystems Blog: With UWB, Wireless Gaming Mice Are Finally Levelling the Playing Field with Wired Mice in Esports

Since the dawn of esports, wired mice were considered indispensable for serious gamers seeking the utmost in performance, but times have changed – technology has changed – and wireless mice are coming to market soon that will completely close the performance gap between wired and wireless once and for all.

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New Electronics: SPARK Microsystems' latest funding round to support commercialisation of devices and sensors

SPARK Microsystems' latest funding round to support commercialisation of devices and sensors

SPARK Microsystems, the Montreal-based fabless semiconductor company specialising in next-generation ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless communications, has closed a new round of funding.

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BetaKit: SPARK Microsystems Raises $34 Million to Meet Chip Demand Amid Supply Crunch

SPARK Microsystems Raises $34 Million to Meet Chip Demand Amid Supply Crunch

BetaKit discusses Montréal-based fabless semiconductor company Spark Microsystems $34 million CAD Series B financing as the broader chip industry continues to grapple with a supply crunch and demand fluctuations.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: With AR/VR Tech Heating Up, Experts Ask: How Will Users Control Their AR Smart Glasses and Wearables?

SPARK Microsystems Blog: With AR/VR Tech Heating Up, Experts Ask: How Will Users Control Their AR Smart Glasses and Wearables?

The news media has been buzzing about augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology on the heels of some impressive product unveilings. With AR/VR tech gaining early commercial momentum, technology leaders large and small are innovating and investing in AR/VR to speed the arrival of truly breakthrough XR and metaverse technologies. SPARK Microsystems discusses the state of AR and VR smart glasses and headsets in this blog. 

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: Holiday Shopping with a “UWB Engineer”: The Saga Continues

Holiday Shopping with a “UWB Engineer”: The Saga Continues

As the smoke clears on the 2022 holiday season, our frazzled and notoriously shopping-impaired protagonist takes a much-needed breather and surveys what months of carefully considered holiday shopping has wrought. The results? Quite frankly the results could have been better. Here’s what transpired.

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CIO Review: SPARK Microsystems and UBITO Leverages UWB Technology by developing Wireless, Battery-less IoT Sensors

SPARK Microsystems and UBITO Leverages UWB Technology by developing Wireless, Battery-less IoT Sensors

SPARK Microsystems and UBITO have partnered to develop a range of UWB-based wireless sensing and IoT solutions. This partnership will allow UBITO to leverage SPARK Microsystems’ UWB technology for wireless, battery-less sensor applications in multiple industries, including smart home, industrial automation, and condition monitoring.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: For Wireless Gaming Mice, UWB Achieves New Performance Benchmarks on the Path to Seamlessly Interactive AR/VR

SPARK Microsystems Blog: For Wireless Gaming Mice, UWB Achieves New Performance Benchmarks on the Path to Seamlessly Interactive AR/VR 

In order to architect the AR/VR connected devices of tomorrow, we must first solve the connectivity needs of wireless devices today. And for traditional gaming and audio apps, it’s clearer than ever that collectively we’re reaching the outer limits of what’s possible with legacy short-range connectivity platforms. The time for UWB is right now.

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audioXpress: Wireless Audio, Installation Audio, and Multiroom Improvements in audioXpress December 2022

Wireless Audio, Installation Audio, and Multiroom Improvements in audioXpress December 2022

In an audioXpress contributed article, SPARK Microsystems addresses the advantages of using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology to achieve high-quality wireless audio streaming and how UWB radios can be deployed effectively as a high speed and low latency data communication method, exceeding the performance of traditional narrowband devices and enabling uncompressed hi-res audio streams at 24-bit/96kHz with millisecond latency and very low power consumption.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: Good Citizenship Among Great Protocols - Planning for Future Interoperability Between UWB, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

SPARK Microsystems Blog: Good Citizenship Among Great Protocols - Planning for Future Interoperability Between UWB, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

For applications like wireless gaming and audio, positioning/location awareness, and mobile AR/VR in the metaverse, it’s crucial that we work together to ensure UWB’s seamless coexistence among complementary short-range wireless technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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audioXpress: SPARK Microsystems Shows Way-Forward for Wireless Audio Over UWB

SPARK Microsystems Shows Way-Forward for Wireless Audio Over UWB

audioXpress covers the details of the joint SPARK Microsystems and UWB Alliance coexistence testing and aggregation capabilities of UWB technology in environments where other UWB or other wireless protocols and radio devices are in use.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: Getting Started Quickly with SPARK UWB for IoT Sensors: Introducing SPARK’s New Wireless Sensor Kit

SPARK Microsystems Blog: Getting Started Quickly with SPARK UWB for IoT Sensors: Introducing SPARK’s New Wireless Sensor Kit

At the upcoming Sensors Converge event, SPARK will be on hand to highlight the many advantages that UWB delivers for sensor applications compared to legacy short-range wireless platforms like Bluetooth. For Smart Factory and Smart Home apps, among others, wireless sensors are proving increasingly advantageous.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: UWB’s Sustainability Advantages: IoT Sensors with “No Wires, No Batteries”

SPARK Microsystems Blog: UWB’s Sustainability Advantages: IoT Sensors with “No Wires, No Batteries”

Just as short-range wireless technology paved the way for deploying sensors without wires, UWB holds the promise for a future of sensors deployed without batteries. Power-sipping technology like UWB sets the stage for a future of battery-less IoT sensor devices that leverage energy harvesting technologies to derive their own power.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: UWB Puts the Mobility in the Metaverse

SPARK Microsystems Blog: UWB Puts the Mobility in the Metaverse

SPARK UWB is the short-range wireless connectivity platform best optimized for metaverse enabling devices like AR glasses, gloves and other peripherals, providing the robust, high-quality data comms necessary for enabling seamless metaverse immersion on the fly – with the power efficiency to ensure long usage times between device charges.

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BetaKit: With $7.1M in SDTC Funds, SPARK Microsystems Aims to Make Wireless Tech More Energy Efficient

With $7.1M in SDTC Funds, SPARK Microsystems Aims to Make Wireless Tech More Energy Efficient

Spark Microsystems has secured $7.1 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to accelerate the development and commercialization of its wireless UWB transceivers.

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SPARK Micosystems Blog: UWB in the Multisensory Metaverse, Part III: Touch and Haptics

SPARK Microsystems Blog: UWB in the Multisensory Metaverse, Part III: Touch and Haptics

Immersion in the metaverse would be fundamentally incomplete absent our ability to touch objects, environments and other avatars, gathering the tactile information we rely on to fuse our full perception and complete the sensory loop. This SPARK Microsystems post focuses on touch and haptics in the metaverse.

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IoT World Today: IoT Deals, Partnerships Roundup: Audi, Digi-Key, ARM and More

IoT Deals, Partnerships Roundup: Audi, Digi-Key, ARM and More

Round up of the latest deals and partnerships in the Internet of Things ecosystem, including SPARK Microsystems' distribution agreement with Digi-Key.

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Embedded Computing Design: Designing with UWB - Short-Range Wireless Apps Reimagined with Performance Far Beyond Bluetooth

Designing with UWB: Short-Range Wireless Apps Reimagined with Performance Far Beyond Bluetooth

With 10x faster data throughput, 60x less latency, and 40x better energy efficiency, UWB prompts a fresh look at design considerations from payload sizing to testing/certification and antenna design.

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Electronic Design: What’s the Difference Between Bluetooth and UWB for High-Speed Data and Multimedia?

What’s the Difference Between Bluetooth and UWB for High-Speed Data and Multimedia?

For nearly 20 years, Bluetooth has dominated as the short-range technology for wirelessly connected devices. But UWB’s latency and power-efficiency advantages position it as a compelling alternative with faster, freer dataflow and low power consumption.

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The New York Times: Apple AirTag Review: A Humble Tracker With Next-Generation Tech

Apple AirTag Review: A Humble Tracker With Next-Generation Tech

The New York Times Personal Tech Writer Brian Chen recently spoke with SPARK Microsystems to discuss the significance of Ultra-wide Band technology.