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By Rich Handley

Decawave Provides Secure Mobile Transactions for Consumer Devices via UWB Chipsets

Decawave, a provider of ultra-wideband (UWB) semiconductors, has announced its latest UWB chipsets, which were designed to meet the global need for increased mobile transaction security. The new chipsets will support the IEEE 802.15.4z (4z) standard, currently in the final stages of development. The chips utilize a new version of the 802.15.4z UWB standard.

"Today's mobile devices do an amazing job of combining multiple capabilities into a single device. However, as they increasingly act as the central hub for our lives, it is clear the next generation will need dramatically better security around digital wireless transactions to combat increasingly sophisticated attackers," said Ciaran Connell, Decawave's CEO and co-founder, in a prepared statement. "Our new 4z based chips enable a step-change in security for home and auto access, financial transactions and many other uses across smart cities using smartphones, wearables and other connected devices. Thanks to our strong position in standards and early investment in R&D, Decawave customers will be first to get access to the capabilities included in the new 4z standard as we will be able to quickly roll-out different variants of the new chipsets starting in 2019."

Based on a new platform, the chipsets offer power consumption reduction over current technology, the company reports, and support the 8 GHz band (Channel 9), enabling worldwide operation. Derivatives will be available to address the needs of mobile, automotive, consumer and industrial customers. The new 4z standard has been developed as a complement to the current Decawave-driven 4a standard (802.15.4-2015), in order to meet meets the increasing need for secure, high-precision location awareness and location services. Among the applications enabled by the secure ranging technology in the 4z standard are highly secure mobile financial and access transactions, as well as the ability to use precise location to combat malicious attacks that enable the hacking of wireless payments and the theft of modern vehicles.

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