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By Beth Bacheldor

BluFlux Joins DecaWave's Partnership Program

BluFlux, a full-service RF design and test company based in Louisville, Colo., has joined DecaWave's Partnership Program.

DecaWave is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, and its Partnership Program is designed to help wireless product developers optimize the performance of new designs based on the DecaWave real-time location systems (RTLS) chipset (see Decawave Launches Partnership Program for UWB Micro-Location Technology).

DecaWave's Partnership Program also provides technical and application knowledge to help companies design tailored and off-the-shelf solutions to reduce development costs and time to market. The partners leverage DecaWave's DW1000 chip to design micro-location-based products. The DW1000 chip complies with the IEEE 802.15.4-2011 (UWB PHY) standard (see DecaWave Intros Ultra-wideband Active RFID Module) and operates at data rates of 110 kilobits per second and 6.8 megabits per second. It can locate tagged objects both indoors and outdoors with up to a 10-centimeter (3.9-inch) accuracy, according to the company.

BluFlux offers UWB antenna design, antenna testing, wearable device optimization and over-the-air (OTA) testing, among other services. "BluFlux expertise in UWB antenna design and their testing capability are unique," said Jeff Clancy, DecaWave's RF and design manager, in a prepared statement. "With expertise in personnel tracking, healthcare, and logistics, BluFlux facilitates bringing advanced wireless and connected devices to market."

"We're seeing a lot of interest in RTLS applications, particularly for Internet of Things and M2M [machine-to-machine]," added Ben Wilmhoff, BluFlux's president and founder, in the statement. "DecaWave is a leader in UWB, and we're very pleased to be joining the company's Partnership Program and to have the opportunity to better support companies using DecaWave's product to build the next generation of UWB technology."

BluFlux joins eight other companies in the Partnership Program: Agilion (Germany), Ciholas (United States), Idolink (South Korea), OpenRTLS (Netherlands), Redpoint Positioning (United States), RTLS LLC (Russia), Sewio (Czech Republic) and WoxuWireless (China).

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